FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Spirit Airlines flight headed to Fort Lauderdale had to be evacuated after a large bird entered the plane’s engine.
According to a Spirit spokesperson, the accident happened as the plane was accelerating for takeoff in Atlantic City, New Jersey.READ MORE: Group Protesting Haitian Deportations Blocked Entrance To PortMiami
The captain was able to brake safely, ordering the plane to be evacuated after receiving an indication of damage to the engine.READ MORE: Hollywood Neighborhood Stunned After Police Officer Yandy Chirino Was Fatally Shot
“We commend our crew for handling the situation swiftly and safely,” Spirit said in a statement.MORE NEWS: Fort Lauderdale Police Investigating School Threats
Spirit said all passengers received full refunds, a future travel voucher and the option of traveling to Fort Lauderdale on another plane.