KENNER, La. — A Spirit Airlines flight out of New Orleans was forced to return to Armstrong International Airport and make an emergency landing Thursday, according to Michelle Wilcut, a spokeswoman for the airport.
A man who said he was a passenger on Spirit Airlines Flight 365 called WWL-TV and reported seeing smoke and feeling vibrations during the flight scheduled from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The passenger, who asked not to be identified, said about a minute or two into the flight, passengers heard the wheels retracting and grinding noises on the Airbus 319.
"Upon indication of a smoky odor in the cabin, our Flight 365 from New Orleans to Dallas/Fort Worth returned to New Orleans as a safety precaution," said Misty Pinson, a spokeswoman for Spirit Airlines.
The plane landed safely.
Another passenger told WWL-TV the airline announced to passengers that the problem appeared to be in part of the air conditioning system.
The flight was scheduled to depart at 2:20 p.m. and arrive at D/FW Airport about an hour later.
Late Thursday afternoon, passengers were told engineers were working on repairs and they could once again board after those repairs were made. Passengers said they were also offered a refund or seat on another flight.