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Fort Lauderdale-bound plane evacuated

Posted at 2:36 PM, Dec 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 19:34:35-05

NEW YORK (AP) — A plane bound for Fort Lauderale, that was still at the gate of New York's LaGuardia Airport, had to be evacuated Saturday morning after its crew reported heavy smoke emanating from the aircraft.

But a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, says firefighters didn't find any smoke when they responded to the Spirit Airlines plane.

Airline spokesman Stephen Schuler says there were reports of sparks in the power unit that provides electricity to the Airbus 321 when it's grounded.

He says the unit automatically turned itself off after detecting an issue.

Port Authority spokeswoman Cheryl Albiez says 228 passengers and seven crew members were then taken off the Fort Lauderdale-bound flight.

There were no reported injuries.