Spirit A319 in engine failure returns to service

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A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 involved in an engine failure in October 2013 has been placed back into service.

The aircraft, which had a new International Aero Engines V2500 installed, returned to service "not so long ago", says Spirit chief executive Ben Baldanza.

Investigations are still ongoing into the contained engine failure to determine the cause, Baldanza tells Flightglobal on the sidelines of the US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit in Washington DC.

Spirit has estimated it would incur $8 million of expenses from the repair of the engine and aircraft. The airline said in February it expects to receive insurance proceeds covering the expenses in excess of a $750,000 deductible. Baldanza says today the carrier was still dealing with the insurers.