Frontier Flight 260 was bound for Tampa, Florida was diverted back to Las Vegas to make an emergency landing following an “engine malfunction.”
Frontier Airlines released the following statement:
“During takeoff on Frontier flight 260 from Las Vegas to Tampa this morning, a section of an engine cover called a cowling came loose and separated from the aircraft. Our pilots followed procedure and immediately returned to the airport. The engine continued to operate normally and the aircraft, an Airbus 320, landed safely. Safety is our top priority at Frontier Airlines and we would like to acknowledge the professionalism of our pilots and flight attendants. We are working to get our passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible.”
A twin-engine Cessna made an emergency landing at a shopping center parking lot in Orange County, California on Sunday, killing 5 on board.
At 12:30 p.m. the plane went down as it was headed for an emergency landing at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. The plane was enroute from Concord to Santa Ana.
No one on the ground was injured but there was extensive damage to an unoccupied car.
The plane went down 1-1/2 miles from the airport near a Staples parking lot.
Other stores near the center had been evacuated.
Information on the nature of the emergency wasn’t immediately available.
The plane had been given approval to land at John Wayne after the pilot declared an emergency.
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety said the pilot didn’t declare a flight plan and had decided to fly under visual flight rules, which is common in good weather.
The spokesman also said “It looks like it went down pretty abruptly,” and that it had been leaking fuel but it did not ignite.
Orange County Fire Capt. Tony Bommarito said “I don’t know anything about what this pilot did or what he was thinking, but it could have been much more tragic,” and that “This was a Sunday afternoon, and we have people shopping, so the fact that we have no injuries on the ground is a miracle in itself.”