10 Spirit Airlines passengers were hospitalized after the battery fire intensities flight to make an emergency landing in Florida.
The Spirit Airlines (NK) flight bound for Orlando made an emergency landing at the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) Wednesday afternoon, as per the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
The NK flight 259 took off from Dallas at 2:01 p.m. and had to make an emergency landing at JIA at 3:53 p.m. due to a battery fire that initiated in an aloft bin.
As cited by First Coast News, The passenger onboard the NK flight said, “There was a retired fireman that jumped up and flight crew came in and they tried putting water on it and another guy went and got a bucket because I think the fireman reached in and grabbed it and they got it put out, but it took about 20 minutes.”
NK provided the subsequent information to First Coast News:
“Spirit Airlines flight 259 from Dallas (DFW) to Orlando (MCO) diverted to JAX following what’s supposed to be a battery fire from a Guest item in an overhead bin that was extinguished inflight. The plane landed at JAX and taxied to the terminal without incident. We thank our crew and Guests for their quick actions to ensure the safety of everyone onboard, and we thank first responders for meeting the aircraft.”
Here’s video from inside the @SpiritAirlines flight where a fire broke out in an overhead bin en route to #Orlando. Firefighters say it stemmed from a battery in someone’s carry on. JFRD says 10 people were taken to the hospital w/ non-life threatening injuries @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/ib7bMGweLd
— Renee Beninate (@reneebeninate) March 2, 2023
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Comments
The JFRD Captain Eric Proswimmer said, “It was not until almost 6 o’clock that more people started feeling bad, and we then turned it into what we call an MCI level 1.”
“We ended up transporting a total of 10 patients from this flight.” he further added.
The department also stated that 10 patients were taken including the cabin crew staff. They further said that crew members onboard were able to take the material that witnessed the fire and extinguish it in a bucket of water.
The US Aviation regulatory body will investigate the incidents.