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Smoke In Cabin Forces Spirit Plane To Return To DFW

DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) - CBS 11 News has learned about what passengers call an "emergency situation" on a Spirit Airlines flight initially headed from North Texas to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia.

According to Misty Pinson, a spokesperson with Spirit, shortly after Flight 165 took off from DFW Airport before 2:00 p.m. the captain "received an indication of a possible mechanical issue." Spirit officials said as a safety precaution the crew followed procedure and returned to DFW.

In an email statement to CBS 11 Pinson said, "It was a normal landing and customers safely deplaned. We had another plane taking customers to Atlanta."

Some passengers had a different take on the experience. CBS 11 obtained text message correspondence between passenger Casey Rogers, who was on the plane, and his wife Ashlee, who was on the ground. Part of one message read, "...I love you make sure my kids know that forever.  We have a problem I [sic] the plane it's full of smoke [sic] the engine has stop and te [sic] whole plane is shaking ... I love you don't forget it!! Pray for me."

Screen shot of text messages sent from Spirit Flight 165 passenger in midst of emergency landing on flight from DFW to ATL. (credit: Casey Rogers)

After a series of frightened back-and-forth messages the passenger sent a text that said, "We are trying to land now." Another text, minutes later said, "We are down [sic] we are ok..."

After a direct question from CBS 11,  Pinson confirmed to the station that, "There was smoke in the cabin. One engine was shut down which is normal procedure and this plane can operate on one engine."

Flight 165 landed safely at DFW Airport. There were no known injuries. Passengers were later put on a separate plane and arrived in Atlanta just before 9:00 p.m. CST.

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