Allegiant Air flight evacuated over smell

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Video report by Jared Dillingham

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 11:30 AM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Officials are investigating the source of an odor aboard an Allegiant Air flight that caused passengers to evacuate the plane using emergency slides.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say Flight 142 was taxiing for a 1:30 p.m. departure Monday at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport when the pilot reported smelling smoke.

Airport spokesman Brian Sexton says there was a smell of smoke in the cabin and authorities believe it came from the plane's electrical system.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 was quickly evacuated on a runway, with 162 passengers using the inflatable slides. Sexton says six people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The flight was headed for Wichita, Kansas. A new plane was called in to fly the passengers to their destination.

The FAA says it's investigating.

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- An Allegiant Air flight had to be evacuated on the runway at a Mesa airport after the pilot reported a strange smell.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say Flight 142 was getting ready for a 1:30 p.m. Monday departure from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Wichita, Kansas.

After the pilot smelled some sort of chemical, the plane was quickly evacuated with passengers using slides.

It isn't immediately clear how many passengers and crew were on the plane.

No injuries were reported and the FAA says it's investigating the cause of the smell.

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