By Calvin Palmer
A jet carrying 128 passengers from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale was forced to make an emergency landing in Florida when smoke was detected in the cabin.
The Spirit Airlines Airbus 319-100 landed safely at Daytona Beach International Airport about 150 miles from its destination.
Stephen Cooke, the airport’s director of business development, said three passengers were taken to Halifax Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.
The flight’s 143 passengers and crew were offloaded at the airport’s Gate 6 and the airport furnished free drinks and sandwiches for the passengers while they waited for another plane to take them to Fort Lauderdale.
Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson the smoke dissipated once the plane’s engines were turned off. Maintenance crews were evaluating the aircraft.