Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Passengers: Explosion, flames seen on Spirit jet
Grapevine, Texas » Passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines jet en route to Atlanta say they heard an explosion and saw flames before the plane safely returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Passenger Fred Edwards told WGCL-TV in Atlanta that following the explosion flames came up the side of the plane, lighting up the interior of the Airbus A319.
Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson says the captain received an indication of a "possible mechanical issue" shortly after takeoff from DFW airport Tuesday. Pinson says there was smoke in the cabin and one engine shut down. She said by email Wednesday that there was no fire.
She says no one on Flight 165 was injured.
The 145 passengers were placed on another Spirit jet for Atlanta later Tuesday.