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Originally published Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Bellingham-bound plane returns to Las Vegas after engine problem

Oil temperature problem blamed for MD-80 turnaround; plane lands safely.


The Associated Press

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LAS VEGAS — Allegiant Air officials say a Bellingham-bound plane having engine problems turned around and returned to Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Allegiant spokesman Justin Ralenkotter says Flight 225 to Bellingham departed McCarran International Airport at 7:10 p.m. Sunday before crew members noticed an oil temperature problem in one of the plane’s two engines.

The MD-80 aircraft arrived back in Las Vegas at 7:48 p.m.

Ralenkotter says passengers hadn’t reported problems during the short ride, and the plane is designed to continue operating on a single engine.

The 140 passengers on board will receive a full refund as well as a $100 voucher for future travel and a hotel room if they live further than 50 miles away.

Another flight to Bellingham was scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Monday.



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