“We apologize for the inconvenience,” Hofmeyer said. “We really appreciate the first responders.”
The incident caused some concern on board, and a passenger posted a video on Twitter of passengers being told over the intercom to stay seated and that they did not have to evacuate.
Atlanta Fire & Rescue put out the fire, and operations at the airport have not been impacted by the incident, according to Hartsfield-Jackson.
The plane is being temporarily taken out of service for maintenance, and Spirit will ferry in a replacement plane for the next flight that aircraft was due to fly, Hofmeyer said.