Allegiant Air forced to ground some flights

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SAN DIEGO — Allegiant Air has grounded a significant portion of its fleet for inspections, and while no flights in or out of Lindbergh Field were cancelled, many random flights nationwide were being delayed, the firm announced.

Allegiant AirThe bargain-rate Las Vegas-based airline experienced some delays and cancellations across its system Sunday because up to 30 of its planes were being inspection of emergency evacuation slides.

No flights to or from San Diego or Los Angeles were on the list of cancellations for Sunday or Monday, according to Allegiant’s web site. But the airline was unclear how delays were affecting California flights.

Officials with the Las Vegas-based airline announced Friday that a compliance issue was discovered that required the immediate reinspection of many evacuation slides in its MD-80 fleet, and that up to 30 of the aircraft would be removed from service. That would delay, reschedule or cancel flights over the next several days.

Of the airline’s 159 flights scheduled today, two were cancelled and 22 were to be rescheduled for Monday. Twelve flights scheduled for Monday were to be rescheduled to Tuesday, according to the airline.

The inspections stemmed from an incident on Monday in which smoke reported on a flight at Las Vegas waiting takeoff for Peoria, Ill. Two people were injured as they evacuated via the emergency slides at McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The airline plans to place its aircraft back in service after they pass the inspection, and expects to complete the process by the end of the month, Allegiant officials said.

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