Fresno-bound Allegiant Air flight aborted after fire report

An Allegiant Air plane is shown in this undated handout photo.
An Allegiant Air plane is shown in this undated handout photo.

An Allegiant Air flight bound for Fresno caught fire Sunday as it prepared to take off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

This is the second time in a little over two months that an Allegiant Air flight from Las Vegas to Fresno has been aborted because of mechanical problems in the plane.

An Allegiant Air spokesperson said Flight 516, with 160 passengers and six crew members, was on its takeoff roll Sunday afternoon when “there were indications of a mechanical issue.”

“The captain aborted the takeoff and the aircraft taxied safely to a remote pad and was met by the Clark County Fire Department,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Bee.

Passengers exited through the aircraft’s rear stairs and were taken by shuttle to the terminal. Passengers were going to be placed on a replacement plane for their flight to Fresno, according to the airline. The airline’s website said the flight arrived in Fresno at 5:18 p.m., more than three hours late.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing Clark County fire officials, said the fire was small and quickly extinguished.

In August, an Allegiant Air flight bound for Fresno made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from the Las Vegas airport because of a reported engine fire. The airline said later that there was a mechanical problem with the plane and that there was no evidence of a fire.

Officials at McCarran International Airport said the airplane had departed on the afternoon of Aug. 1 when witnesses said they saw flames and heard explosions from the engine.

The pilot had reported a fire in one of the plane’s two engines, airport spokesman Chris Jones told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in August, clarifying that it didn’t necessarily mean that the engine caught fire.

Jones says there were no injuries on that flight and the aircraft landed safely. Flight 514, a Boeing 757, landed safely about 15 minutes after takeoff, Jones said.