A Battery Fire, Bomb Threat and Injurious Turbulence Made for a Terrible Day of Air Travel

Screenshot:  NBC News
Screenshot: NBC News

It was a rough night to be an airplane passenger flying over the U.S. on Wednesday. Two separate emergencies forced planes to make emergency landings with one airport forced to evacuate due to a passenger trying to check luggage containing a bomb.

First up, a battery fire broke out from a passenger’s personal device on a Spirit airline flight from Dallas to Orlando Wednesday afternoon, sending at least 10 passengers to the hospital, NBC reports:

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Firefighters responded to Jacksonville International Airport Wednesday afternoon for reports of smoke in the cockpit of a plane, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Captain Eric Prosswimmer said.

A battery had ignited in an overhead compartment but flight crew members and passengers, including a retired firefighter, were able to put it out before firefighters arrived, he said.

“They did a phenomenal job,” Prosswimmer said.


Good work Spirit crew!

3 alarming incidents lead to emergency landings, airport evacuation

Next up, terrible turbulence over Tennessee, which forced a Lufthansa flight from Austin to Frankfurt, Germany to make an emergency landing at Dulles Airport outside of Washington D.C., the BBC reports. Social media scenes show a plane in complete disarray.

The emergency stop was needed after seven people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention, CNN reports.