Las Vegas plane evacuated en route to Peoria

By WEEK Reporter

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM CDT

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A Las Vegas plane bound for Peoria was evacuated on Monday after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

Allegiant Flight 436 was still on the taxiway at the McCarron International Airport in Las Vegas when crew members noticed the smoke.

The flight had been scheduled to depart at 4:35 p.m. Peoria time.

The plane's 145 passengers and six crew members boarded a replacement flight about two hours later and arrived in Peoria around 11 p.m. Monday night.

“It was quite scary. We smelled some smoke and the alarms went off, so they asked us to evacuate the airplane, and slid down the slide and went out on the tarmac for about an hour,” said passenger Shelly Harrison-Hart.

"We were in the front, and the burning was coming from the cockpit area,” said passenger John Moehle. “Don't know what it was, but it was definitely a burning smell, and you could see a little bit of smoke."

No injuries were reported.

In a statement, Allegiant stated passengers were able to cancel or reschedule their flights at no additional cost.

All 145 passengers will receive a full credit refund for the flight.

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