The Latest: Allegiant plane returns to Vegas with blown tire

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Posted: Jun 22, 2016 3:35 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on an Allegiant Air flight that returned to Las Vegas on Wednesday after reporting a blown tire (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

An Allegiant Air official now says there were 202 passengers and seven crew members aboard a flight to Indianapolis that returned to Las Vegas after the pilot reported a tire blow-out during takeoff.

Airline spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler says none of the 209 people aboard Allegiant Flight 500 was injured.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said the aircraft, a Boeing 757, landed a little before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

There was no fire. But Crews says the runway was briefly closed while workers cleaned up rubber debris shed during the landing.

Both officials say the aircraft was able to taxi to a gate under its own power.

Wheeler says another aircraft was brought in, and passengers were expected to depart again for Indianapolis about 1:30 p.m. PDT.

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11:30 a.m.

An airport official says an Allegiant Air flight to Indianapolis returned to Las Vegas with 213 passengers and crew aboard after the pilot reported a tire blow-out during takeoff.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said Allegiant Flight 500 landed a little before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

No fire or injuries were reported.

Crews says the runway was closed while workers cleaned up rubber debris shed during the landing.

She says the aircraft, a Boeing 757, was able to taxi to a gate under its own power.

Airline spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler says plans are being made to replace the aircraft to fly passengers to Indianapolis.

Records show the flight departed a little before 9:15 a.m. PDT, and had been expected to arrive in Indianapolis about 4:45 p.m. EDT.

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This story has been corrected to revise the number of people aboard 209, not 213, based on airline count.