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Spirit Airlines flight to Florida to resume after emergency landing

A trip to Florida is expected to resume Tuesday for passengers aboard a plane that made an emergency landing early Monday at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Spirit Airlines Flight 647 took off from Niagara Falls International Airport at 2:21 a.m. en route to Fort Lauderdale with 136 passengers and six crew members, but the Airbus A320 was in the air only a few minutes before a pilot noticed flames coming from the back of one of the engines, said Doug Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

The pilot shut down the engine and diverted the plane to the airport in Cheektowaga, where it landed safely at 2:31 a.m., Hartmayer said. There were no injuries.

In a statement Monday, a spokesman for the Miramar, Fla.-based airline said, “Mechanics conducted a full investigation of the plane, determining a compressor stall as the likely cause, but there was no damage or fire.”

The passengers were taken to local hotels while a replacement flight was arranged. The airline said passengers also would be given flight credits. Passengers told media outlets they were informed that a new flight would not be available before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Calls to Spirit Airlines for comment were not returned.

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