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Smoke forces evacuation of Allegiant jet in Las Vegas

Updated Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.

An Allegiant Air flight at McCarran International Airport was evacuated this afternoon after reports of smoke on board.

Allegiant flight 436, bound for Peoria, Ill., was evacuated on the taxiway shortly before 3 p.m., airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said.

As the plane was taxiing from the terminal, a smoke detector went off in the cockpit indicating the presence of smoke toward the back of the aircraft, Allegiant spokesman Brian Davis said.

The plane’s emergency slides were deployed, allowing the 144 passengers and six crew members to evacuate, Davis said. Two people suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the smoke has not been determined.

“It’s too early to speculate, but there will be an investigation,” Davis said.

Passengers were bussed back to the terminal, where they were given food and beverage vouchers, Davis said.

A different Allegiant plane will transport passengers to Peoria, Davis said. That flight is scheduled to depart at 5:45 p.m.

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