UPDATE: Flight to Wichita evacuated due to chemical smell; 6 hurt

By: KAKE News - Email
By: KAKE News - Email
The Allegiant flight from Phoenix to Wichita was evacuated shortly after pushing back from the gate Monday afternoon.

Credit: ABC 15 - Phoenix

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Mesa, Ariz. — A commercial airline flight set to depart for Wichita was evacuated at an Arizona airport due to a chemical smell in the cockpit and smoke in the cabin.

According to Allegiant media relations, flight 142 bound for Wichita from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport reported smoke in the cabin shortly after pushing back from the gate at about 1:30 p.m. mountain time. A spokesman for the FAA Pacific Region told ABC 15 in Phoenix that the pilot decided to evacuate also due to a chemical smell in the cockpit.

The MD-80, carrying 162 passengers and 6 crew members, was evacuated onto the taxiway using emergency slides. Allegiant says six passengers reported minor injuries and were treated by local paramedics.

A new plane was called in to fly the passengers to Wichita. It landed safely at 8:54 p.m. Monday, about four hours later than scheduled.

Allegiant and the FAA is investigating the cause of the smell.

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