Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News
Spirit flight 365 left New Orleans at about 2:30 p.m., but just a few minutes into the flight passengers started to smell smoke and the pilot made an emergency landing.
A Spirit Airlines flight bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had to return to New Orleans after a smoke was detected Thursday.
Flight 365 left Louis Armstrong International Airport at about 2:30 p.m. but had to make an emergency landing when passengers reported smoke in the plane's cabin.
Latasha Banks said the plane was in the air about 15 minutes when she smelled smoke.
"Smoke just started coming everywhere," she said. "It's coming out of the cockpit, it's coming everywhere."
"All the attendants were running around, trying to figure out where the smoke was coming from," said her husband, Joseph. "Finally, the pilot said, 'We're turning this around."
The plane landed carrying 86 passengers landed safely. No injuries were reported.
Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said in an email that the decision to return to New Orleans was a "safety precaution."
Passengers said several fire trucks and medics were waiting for the plane, and travelers we asked to deboard.
Banks said they waited approximately two hours while crews inspected the plane and made repairs. They then got back on the same plane, which landed safely at DFW Airport at 7:25 p.m.
It was the Spirit's second incident with a plane in a matter of days. Last week, a flight was forced to make an emergency landing at DFW Airport after engine failure.
Banks said Flight 352 will be the last time she flies with the airline.
"I'll never ride with Spirit again," she said. "I'll walk before I get on that plane again."
There was no official word Thursday night from Spirit about the cause of the smoke or if passengers will be compensated in some way.