Florida-Bound Airliner Makes Emergency Landing in New York

Spirit Airlines Airbus A321 taxiing into take-off position at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. This plane is painted in the newest "taxi" livery, introduced in fall 2014.
A Spirit Airlines plane.

A Florida-bound Spirit Airlines jet with 142 people aboard has made a safe emergency landing in New York after a reported mechanical problem.

The pilot shut down the affected engine and landed safely early Monday at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The airline says none of the 136 passengers and six crew members aboard Flight 647 were injured. There was no damage or fire to the Airbus A320, which had taken off from nearby Niagara Falls International Airport and was bound for Fort Lauderdale.

Federal aviation officials say the problem was a flameout, which happens when a jet engine suddenly stops working. The Miramar, Florida-based airline says mechanics determined that a compressor stall was the likely cause.

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