Frontier A321 Evacuated at Charlotte as Strong Odor Detected

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321neo on the taxiway.
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A Frontier Airlines flight scheduled for departure from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Orlando, FL was evacuated on Wednesday, March 27.

A strong odor filled the cabin, prompting the flight crew to order an emergency evacuation.

Frontier F91759 Charlotte-Orlando

Frontier Airlines flight F91759, an Airbus A321-200NX, was operating from Charlotte with 226 persons on board. The aircraft was still at the gate preparing for departure when the incident occurred.

The operating crew reported the smell of smoke, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. 

As a precautionary measure, the captain initiated a full evacuation of the Airbus A321neo aircraft. Passengers disembarked safely using both the forward jet bridge and aft evacuation slides.

One Person with Minor Injuries

The evacuation resulted in one person reportedly suffering minor injuries. They were then referred to a hospital for further evaluation.

Frontier Airlines confirmed the incident and emphasized that the evacuation was a safety precaution.

The airline stated, “The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. As a precaution, the captain issued an evacuation notice after a strong odor was reported onboard.”

The aircraft operating the service to Orlando International Airport was an Airbus A321-200N, registration N611FR. This is a one-year old narrowbody belonging to US carrier Frontier Airlines. The aircraft has been in service with the airline since 3 April 2023.

The cause of the odor remains unidentified at this time. Upon learning of a strong odor in the cabin, the captain promptly issued the evacuation notice as a safety precaution.


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