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Vegas-Bound Flight Returns to Duluth Safely Following Engine Failure

By KBJR News 1

May 18, 2012 Updated May 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A Vegas-bound Allegiant flight returned to Duluth International Airport Friday night following apparent engine failure.

Allegiant Flight AAY449 took off from Duluth at 8:21 p.m. with an arrival time in Las Vegas of 10:50 p.m. CDT.

The flight reported engine problems and started heading back to Duluth just minutes into the flight.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twin-jet landed safely just before 8:50 p.m.

The flight was in the air less than 30 minutes.

According to a Duluth man who was on board the jet the situation was intense as they approached the airport. While several people were emotionally shaken up, initial reports indicate no one was hurt.

Others were visibly upset.

"It was a crazy experience and it's not a good experience," said Kathie DoCosta. "Thank god we survived. Everyone starts thinking about everything. You start thinking about the kids. You start thinking about your life, you know, oh my god."

The flight was said to be fully booked with upwards of 150 passengers.

Emergency responders, including the Air Guard Fire Dept., were called to the airport prior to the plane's approach.

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