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Spirit Airlines back on schedule after long inspection delays

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Published:   |   Updated: October 24, 2013 at 03:32 PM

TAMPA — Spirit Airlines’ flights at Tampa International Airport were on schedule Thursday following a 10-hour delay of a Wednesday night flight from Fort Lauderdale whose aircraft was part of a systemwide inspection following an engine failure last week.

Spirit Flight 615 from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Tampa on Wednesday was one of a number of Spirit flights from its south Florida hub to be delayed.

Police were called to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International after more than 500 Spirit passengers were stranded and some became unruly, The Associated Press reported.

The Airbus A319 flight was scheduled to leave Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International at 9:40 p.m. and arrive in Tampa at 10:36 p.m.

Instead it arrived in Tampa at 7:17 a.m. Thursday, airport spokeswoman Christine Osborn said.

Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said Thursday the Miramar-based airline made proactive and voluntary checks on aircraft as a precautionary measure that was to be completed Thursday morning.

It took 45 minutes to inspect each aircraft, and that created a pattern of flight delays.

Spirit has daily round-trip flights between Tampa and Fort Lauderdale and Atlantic City, N.J., and flies four days a week between Tampa and Dallas-FortWorth and Detroit.

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