Spirit A321 near Myrtle Beach on Jul 26th 2018, burning odour on board

Last Update: July 27, 2018 / 21:28:19 GMT/Zulu time

Bookmark this article
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 26, 2018


Flight number

Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator

A Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N675NK performing flight NK-779 from New York La Guardia,NY to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) with 228 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 130nm northeast of Myrtle Beach,SC (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Myrtle Beach reporting a strange odour on board, several passengers and cabin crew were becoming ill. The aircraft landed safely in Myrtle Beach about 25 minutes later.

Emergency services reported 10 people were transported to a hospital with headaches, respiratory and stomach problems.

Passengers reported there was a burning odour like burning plastics.

The local hospital reported they received 10 patients, decontaminated, treated and released them.

The airport reported all passengers except those transported to a hospital were able to board a replacement aircraft and continued their journey. A hazmat team boarded the aircraft and checked the aircraft however did not find any hazardeous materials.

The FAA reported: "Spirit Airlines Flight 779, an Airbus A321 aircraft, la nded safely at Myrtle Beach International Airport at about 10 p.m. onJuly 26 after the pilot declared an emergency and reported an odor in the aircraft. The flight departed from from LaGuardia Airport and was flying to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when it diverted. The FAA is investigating."

A replacement A321-200 registration N661NK reached Fort Lauderdale with a delay of 5.5 hours.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Myrtle Beach for about 12 hours, then positioned to Fort Lauderdale and returned to service about 18 hours after landing in Myrtle Beach.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
TCDS Ident. No.
Aircraft Model / Type
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
Engine Type
Pounds of Thrust
Main Owner
jppnklAfbdgigApkbkbiehmd mqfkihngikbklcpfgkpi gkfkjdihnqkhbfk dqnhggke Subscribe to unlock
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 26, 2018


Flight number

Aircraft Registration

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator

This article is published under license from Avherald.com. © of text by Avherald.com.
Article source

You can read 2 more free articles without a subscription.

Subscribe now and continue reading without any limits!

Are you a subscriber? Login

Read unlimited articles and receive our daily update briefing. Gain better insights into what is happening in commercial aviation safety.

Send tip

Support AeroInside by sending a small tip amount.

Related articles

Newest articles

Subscribe today

Are you researching aviation incidents? Get access to AeroInside Insights, unlimited read access and receive the daily newsletter.

Pick your plan and subscribe


Blockaviation logo

A new way to document and demonstrate airworthiness compliance and aircraft value. Find out more.


ELITE Simulation Solutions is a leading global provider of Flight Simulation Training Devices, IFR training software as well as flight controls and related services. Find out more.

Blue Altitude Logo

Your regulation partner, specialists in aviation safety and compliance; providing training, auditing, and consultancy services. Find out more.

AeroInside Blog
Popular aircraft
Airbus A320
Boeing 737-800
Boeing 737-800 MAX
Popular airlines
American Airlines
Air Canada
British Airways