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April 12, 2000

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3rd plane in week makes a forced landing at A.C.

Associated Press

POMONA, N.J. - A Spirit Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Atlantic City International Airport yesterday after two generators failed. It was the third such incident in five days.

Spirit Flight 329, with 164 passengers, en route to Islip, N.Y., from Fort Myers, Fla., was over Norfolk, Va., when a speed drive that links the engines with the primary generator overheated, disconnecting the generator, Robert Moreland, Spirit's vice president of safety, said.

An auxiliary power unit replaced the generator, but it began losing oil pressure, so the pilot shut it down, Moreland said. That left one generator working. Spirit's policy is to ground aircraft operating on only one generator, he said.

On Friday, Flight 303 to Orlando, Fla., experienced smoke from a malfunctioning air-recycling unit. The DC-9 aircraft, with 109 people aboard, landed safely and no fire was detected.

On Saturday, the primary engine on Flight 541 to Myrtle Beach, S.C., failed on takeoff from Atlantic City International. The plane turned around and landed.

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