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Smoke report causes passenger evacuation

Ninety-nine passengers evacuated from Spirit Airlines jet

May 31, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Three airline passengers were treated for minor injuries after evacuating from a plane at a Florida airport.

Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson says a smoky haze was reported in the cabin of the Spirit Airbus A-319 as it made its descent Sunday to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Ninety-nine passengers were aboard the flight from Colombia. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says the plane's inflatable slides were used as a precaution to evacuate the passengers.

Firefighters didn't find any smoke. Pinson said Monday the source is still being investigated.

Jachles says one passenger suffered a back injury, one had an ankle injury and a third suffered abrasions in the evacuation.

Ninety-nine passengers evacuated from Spirit Airlines jet
Spairit Airlines Airbus A-319

Source: AP

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