Spirit Airlines jet engine erupts in flames then deploys evacuation slides at ...

Spirit Airlines jet engine erupts in flames then deploys evacuation slides at ...
Spirit Airlines jet engine erupts in flames then deploys evacuation slides at ...

Passengers on a plane in New Jersey screamed with fear as an engine on the aircraft erupted in flames just as it was hurtling down the runway. 

The Fort Lauderdale-bound plane was forced to abort its takeoff from Atlantic City after a bird strike appeared to damage the right hand engine causing flammable fuel to leak out onto the tarmac.

Those traveling could only watch on in horror and flames spewed from the rear of the engine while they waited for instructions from the crew as to what to do next.

A Florida-bound plane trying to take off from Atlantic City, New Jersey caught fire on the runway after an apparent bird strike

A Florida-bound plane trying to take off from Atlantic City, New Jersey caught fire on the runway after an apparent bird strike

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at around 6pm

Flames could be seen shooting out the rear of the engine

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at around 6pm. Flames could be seen shooting out the rear of the engine

People sitting by the windows could be heard screaming 'fire!' as panic quickly spread throughout the cabin.

All-the-while, the crew of the Spirit Airlines jet remained calm as they told passengers to stay in their seats.

'Remain seated! Remain seated! Remain seated!' the crew begged.

'Holy s***!' yelled one woman. 'Open this door and let us out now! C'mon,' said another and they jumped out of their seats. 

Very few appeared to listen with footage shot inside the cabin showing people reaching up into the overhead bins to retrieve their luggage prior to getting off the plane.

Passengers could be seen standing up before the crew had given instructions to evacuate

Passengers could be seen standing up before the crew had given instructions to evacuate

People reached for their bags from the overhead bins despite being ordered to leave everything behind

People reached for their bags from the overhead bins despite being ordered to leave everything behind

One man could be heard telling a passenger to 'relax' but it was clearly something that many found hard to do given the circumstances.

Flight attendants explained that airport fire crews were racing to the scene and for passengers to sit back down.

Before many could return to their seats, the captain issued an order to evacuate but to avoid using the over-wing exit where the engine had been blazing.

'Evacuate! Evacuate! Evacuate! Right hand engine has caught on fire. We hit a bird on take off. Please avoid the right hand engine,' instructed the captain.

The sight of thick black smoke at the side of the aircraft sent further panic through the cabin

The sight of thick black smoke at the side of the aircraft sent

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