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Allegiant Airbus

An Allegiant Airbus sits Monday afternoon at Elko Regional Airport after being diverted because of an odor in the plane. Left corner: City of Elko firefighters begin to inspect the aircraft.

ELKO — An Allegiant Airbus was diverted to Elko Monday afternoon when an electrical odor was detected in the plane.

The jetliner landed safely at Elko Regional Airport shortly after 4 p.m.

It was diverted as a precautionary measure after the pilots reported “a general alarm with the aircraft,” said Airport Director Mark Gibbs.

Gibbs said Monday evening the passengers were deplaning in the airport’s sterile area, where they would remain until Allegiant Air brings in “another rescue aircraft from Las Vegas to take them to their final destination.”

It was announced in the terminal that the auxiliary plane would be arriving at approximately 8:15 p.m., with food being provided to the passengers.

According to Kim Schaefer of Allegiant Travel Company, Flight 170 was flying from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Bellingham International Airport in Washington. It departed at 2:58 p.m.

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“Shortly into the flight, the plane was diverted to the Elko Regional Airport (EKO) due to an electrical odor in the cabin,” Schaefer reported. “The flight landed safely in Elko, Nevada at 4:14 p.m. local time. There were 147 passengers and 6 crew members on board.”

Schaefer said passengers were being offered $200 off vouchers for future travel on Allegiant.

The Airbus A320 is about three times the size of an aircraft typically landing at the Elko airport, Gibbs said. The airport can handle that size, as it is designed to accommodate 700 through 800 series aircraft.

“At this time there was no incident, there were no injuries or accidents,” Gibbs told the media.

“Very rarely do we get aircraft where the airline is not responsible at the particular station, but we were able to quickly mobilize and get the passengers off within 45 minutes of their original arrival,” Gibbs said.

Elko Police and Fire departments, the Transportation Security Administration, Delta Airlines in Elko, the Airport Authority and the County ambulance service responded to the incident.

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