Nice safety record of the first Ultra-low-cost American carrier- Spirit Airlines
Operating as an ultra-low-cost carrier, Spirit Airlines has persuaded American passengers by a quite good “safety record”.
According to statistic data of “Investigative reporting workshop” of American university school of communication, there are only one accident and one incident recorded since Spirit’s establishment in 1980.
On June 4, 2002, at 1238 central daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, N823NK, operated as Spirit Airlines Flight 970, experienced a loss of power from both engines while in cruise flight at flight level (FL) 330. The power loss occurred about 20 nautical miles west of Wichita, Kansas. Power from both engines was restored and the airplane diverted to the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas, without further incident. The 14 CFR Part 121 scheduled passenger flight was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan. No injuries to the 105 passengers or 6 crewmembers were reported. The flight originated from the Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado at 1140 and was en route to the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Three years later, on September 18, 2005, at 1812 Eastern Daylight Time, an Airbus A321, N583NK, operated by Spirit Airlines as flight 171, experienced a tail strike upon landing at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The flight was operating under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 121 and was en route to FLL from La Guardia International Airport in New York. The tail strike resulted in substantial damage to the lower rear fuselage of the airplane. There were no injuries to the two pilots, four flight attendants or 191 passengers.
In conclusion, this good safety performance has made a contribution to Spirit’s reputation in the world of low-cost carriers . It would be worth to make your choice.