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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Spirit Airlines flight from New York to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was diverted to South Carolina.
The flight landed in Myrtle Beach after an odor developed in a section of the plane. According to a passenger, the plane smelled like smoke.
The crews opened all the emergency exit doors once they landed.
According to Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, seven to 10 passengers were taken to the hospital. No word on their conditions.
Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue said no hazardous substances were found on board.
A new plane was sent to Myrtle Beach to help get passengers to their final destinations.
In response to the incident, Spirit Airlines issued the following statement.
Spirit Airlines flight 779 with scheduled service from New York LaGuardia to Fort Lauderdale was diverted to Myrtle Beach Thursday night after an odor developed in a section of the aircraft. A handful of Guests were checked out by medical professionals and have since been cleared to continue their journey. The source of the odor is being investigated, and a supplemental aircraft was sent to Myrtle Beach to pick up our Guests. We apologize for the inconvenience this diversion has caused. At Spirit Airlines the safety of our Guests and Crew is paramount.