Spirit jet wheel ignites on landing in Dallas; no injuries

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Posted: Jul 30, 2015 5:26 PM

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — No injuries were reported after a landing gear on a Spirit Airlines jet caught fire while landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Airline spokeswoman Iraida Mendez says Spirit Flight 407 was arriving shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday from a three-hour flight from Orlando, Florida, when the wheel ignited. Airport fire units extinguished the fire quickly and passengers deplaned at the gate.

Mendez says the Airbus A-320 had 178 passengers on board.

The fire was the second incident to involve a flight arriving at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport on Thursday. An American Airlines flight was evacuated after smoke was detected in the cabin as the plane prepared to leave the airport. Three passengers were injured slightly when the plane was evacuated using emergency slides.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that smoke was detected on American Airlines flight as it was preparing to leave the airport, not after it took off.