‘Foul odour’ forces Spirit Airlines jet to make emergency landing in Lubbock

Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017

spirit-airlinesA Dallas bound Spirit Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at the Lubbock airport, after foul odour was reported by the crew members of the flight on Wednesday, 4th January.



The Spirit Airlines flight initially took off from the airport in Los Angeles and it was destined to reach Dallas with 94 people onboard. Right after the odour was detected inside the flight, in order to maintain ‘abundance of caution’, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. Soon after the pilot of the Airbus 320 flight managed to land the flight safely around 4 pm local time.



According to Paul Berry, a spokesperson for the Spirit Airlines, the odour was reported by the crew members as well as the passengers of the jet. He also informed that the odour was probably coming from the air conditioning system of the flight, which according to him was rare but ‘not unprecedented occurrence.”



Berry informed that the odour was not toxic and nobody was ever in danger.



None of the passengers or the crew members of the flight had to be medically treated after the emergency landing. But one of the crew members complained of being fatigued.



Steve Holland from the Lubbock Fire Rescue informed that after the plane landed safely, it was taken to one of the airport terminal and all the passengers and the crew members were evacuated.



Around 5 pm local time, the passengers boarded another Spirit Airlines flight to reach Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas.



The reason behind the foul odour could not be known but Berry informed that the filters of the outdated air-conditioning system could be the reason behind the stench.

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