Video shows Spirit Airlines plane’s brakes on fire after landing in Atlanta

A Spirit Airlines plane briefly caught fire after landing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday morning, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Spirit spokesman Erik Hofmeyer said one of the brakes on the plane, arriving from Tampa, overheated on the tarmac, causing the tires to burn. After first responders successfully smothered the fire, the plane was towed to a nearby gate where passengers were able to safely disembark. “Thank you to Atlanta first responders for immediately meeting the plane,” Hofmeyer said. “The aircraft will be temporarily removed from service for maintenance.”

Hartsfield-Jackson also addressed the situation via Twitter and credited Atlanta Fire & Rescue for taking action.

Scottie Nelms, a passenger aboard Spirit Airlines Flight 383, told FOX 5 Atlanta that he and everyone on the plane began to panic once they noticed flames emerging from what appeared to be be the engine. “Once we landed it made a strange noise from the left side of the plane. Nobody knew what it was until we came to a complete stop in the middle of the landing strip,” Nelms recalled, “We saw a flame come out of the engine and people and I started to panic.”

Flight attendants on board the flight told passengers to stay in their seats unless instructed otherwise.

Nelms told WFLA News Channel 8 that he won’t be flying anytime soon.

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