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Allegiant delays, cancels flights to check MD-80s

September 20, 2013 • Business


File- In this Thursday, May 9, 2013, file photo, two Allegiant Air jets taxi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The airline is reporting flight delays nationwide while it inspects emergency slides on its MD-80 aircraft. The Las Vegas-based airline posted a notice on Friday Sept. 20, 2013 apologizing for disrupting customers’ travel plans and promising around-the-clock work to correct unspecified problems. (AP Photo/David Becker,File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Allegiant Air officials said Friday that delays and cancelations could continue for several days as more than half of the airline’s MD-80s remain grounded for overhauls of emergency slides like the ones deployed in an evacuation this week.

The inflatable chutes worked properly Monday when smoke was reported in the cabin of an Allegiant MD-80 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, company officials said. An incident review, however, found that fleetwide maintenance hadn’t complied with the slide manufacturer’s recommendations.

Taking the company’s MD-80 aircraft out of service for inspections led to delays on at least 20 of Allegiant’s 121 scheduled Friday flights, spokesman Brian Davis told Login to read more

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