Plane Engine Catches Fire at Las Vegas Airport
An Allegiant Air flight's engine caught fire prior to takeoff from Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport Sunday, KTNV reported.
The Fresno, California-bound jet was carrying 160 passengers and five crewmembers. However no injuries were reported.
The incident occurred around 1:20 p.m. local time Sunday. Suspecting a mechanical issue while on the runway, the captain of Flight 516 aborted takeoff and the aircraft was met by fire officials.
KTNV's Mahsa Saeidi provided additional details via Twitter Sunday.
Passengers tell @KTNV Allegiant plane was going over 100mph about to take off when they heard boom, pilot slammed breaks, aborting takeoff— Mahsa Saeidi (@MahsaKTNV) October 11, 2015
Passenger Mike Scott documented the evacuation, posting videos of his and other passengers' experience to Facebook.
Here's a look at fire officials hosing off the aircraft.
And here passengers are seen deplaning onto the tarmac.
Back at the Allegiant counter, Scott said the airline was only offering affected travelers a $50 voucher.
Impacted passengers, who were bussed back to the terminal, were put on a different flight that was scheduled to depart shortly after 4 p.m. local time Sunday.
An investigation into the incident is already underway.
Sunday's incident comes one month after a British Airways plane's engine caught fire at McCarran Airport. More than two dozen passengers sustained minor injuries in that incident.
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