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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.

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The captain was able to brake safely, ordering the plane to be evacuated after receiving an indication of damage to the engine.

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“We commend our crew for handling the situation swiftly and safely,” Spirit said in a statement.

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Spirit said all passengers received full refunds, a future travel voucher and the option of traveling to Fort Lauderdale on another plane. Team