Allegiant Air Flight Evacuated After Fire Found in Engine


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An engine fire is to blame for a Allegiant Air flight being grounded at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The flight, which was bound for Fresno, California, was aborted after a small fire was discovered in the right engine. The pilot taxied off the runway, where firefighters easily put out the flames.

According to reports, the fire was the result of a mechanical issue.

Though the emergency slides were deployed, passengers were able to exit via stairs at the plane's rear. 160 passenger were on board, and there were no reported injuries.

Allegiant Air has had multiple flights affected by a range of issues as of late, as Yahoo News reports:

For Allegiant, a possible maintenance issue was cited in September when a flight from Bismarck, North Dakota, to Las Vegas was diverted to an airport in southern Utah. Another Allegiant flight made an emergency landing in July at a closed airport in Fargo, North Dakota, after company executives piloting the aircraft reported they were nearly out of fuel. In June, flights at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Florida were cancelled after one of its planes was forced to make an emergency landing because of pressurization problems.

This is also the second recent airplane fire at McCarran. A British Airways jet caught fire back in September. There were 13 injuries as a result of that – but they came from passengers sliding down the emergency slide, not the fire itself.