Friday November 24, 4:10 pm Eastern Time
Spirit Airlines Accommodating D.C. Passengers on Other Flights
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 2000--Spirit Airlines is accommodating passengers who were on this morning's Washington, D.C. - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. flight 139 which returned to Washington's Reagan National Airport due to an equipment problem.
Passengers were rebooked aboard Spirit's next flight to Fort Lauderdale beginning with this afternoon's flight 41, scheduled for a 3:59 p.m. departure from Reagan National. Passengers may also be accommodated on Spirit flights on Saturday.
Spirit flight 139 departed Reagan National Airport at approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning. After takeoff, a nose gear vibration was detected and the captain elected to return to Reagan National. The aircraft landed safely at approximately 11:10 a.m., at which time the passengers deplaned and were bused to the terminal.
The DC-9 remained on the runway due a possible malfunction of the right main brake gear that caused the brakes to lock. Maintenance personnel removed the brake before the aircraft could be towed off the runway at approximately 2:30 p.m.
``We will thoroughly investigate the cause of both the nose gear vibration and the brake malfunction,'' said Dave Hobgood, Spirit's vice president of operations. ``We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our passengers and any others traveling in or out of Reagan National this afternoon. We also thank all parties who assisted us today and we look forward to a smooth operation for the remainder of this holiday weekend.''