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Nov 19, 2009 10:52 AM by Bethany Tucker

Allegiant Air plane makes emergency landing in Kansas

An Allegiant Air plane made an emergency landing in Wichita, Kansas Wednesday night, after the plane lost power in one of its engines.

The plane was headed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Laughlin, Nevada with 125 passengers on board when it made a scheduled fuel stop in Wichita. But shortly after leaving that airport, the pilot reported an emergency and had to turn back.

Passengers say they heard a loud "boom" sound as the plane was climbing into the air.

"The pilot had an indication that there was an engine out on the aircraft with a possible fire in the engine," said Victor White, director of the Wichita Mid-Continental Airport. "so, he used the on-board fire extinguishers."

Fifteen passengers used an emergency slide to get off of the plane. One of those passengers was slightly hurt.

Allegiant Air made sure the passengers were booked on another flight to their destinations.

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