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Spirit flight makes emergency landing without incident


An overnight Spirit Airline flight had to make an emergency landing at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Spokesman Doug Hartmayer says the flight left approximately 2:20 a.m. Monday from Niagara Falls International Airport, destined for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. However, upon takeoff, the number two engine experienced a technical a malfunction.

"In what's called a flame-out. Flames actually come out the back of the engine. The engine is not on fire, but flames come out the back of the engine," Hartmayer said. "So the pilot was alerted to that and, out of an abundance of caution, decided to divert to the Buffalo airport because at that point he was closer to Buffalo than the Niagara Falls airport."

Hartmayer says emergency response crews on the ground were alerted, but were not needed. The plane landed safety about 2:30 a.m., without incident and without any injuries.

He says 145 people were on the flight. Spirit gave them the option of either staying in Buffalo hotels or being transported back to the Niagara Falls airport.