Allegiant flight in Fort Wayne aborts takeoff after engine malfunction

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):  A flight departing from Fort Wayne International Airport had to abort take off after a mechanical issue.

Allegiant On-call Media Relations Team tells WOWO news that reports of smoke in the cabin halted Allegiant Flight 891 heading to St. Pete, Florida.

All 153 passengers and 6 crew members on board were safe after the plane faced a malfunction.  21 Alive reports the plane was ready for takeoff and heading down the runway when it was forced to stop and turn around.

Emergency personnel were able to determine the plane was at least safe enough to drive back to the airport gates.  From there passengers were able to leave the plane normally.

Allegiant says the plan has been taken out of service for evaluation.

In the mean time, a replacement aircraft and crew have been dispatched, with the alternate flight being able to land in St. Pete at 7:48 p.m.
Allegiant said in a press release that for the passengers inconvenience, they were provided with food and beverage service, as well as $200 off vouchers for future travel.  They were also offered the option to reschedule to another flight in the Allegiant network.


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