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Lexington-bound flight aborts takeoff after engine breaks

ORLANDO, Fl. (WKYT) - Some trouble on the tarmac for a flight headed to Lexington.

According to CBS affiliate WKMG in Orlando, no one aboard Allegiant Air flight 662 was injured in the incident, which occurred around 5 p.m. Thursday.

"Right before we were airborne we heard this loud boom and it was seriously the loudest sound I ever heard and it sounded like the plane was about to catch fire," said Adam Banks, who was on the flight.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the MD-83, headed to Lexington, was rolling down the runway, when the left engine failed. Debris was thrown all over the runway. The plane was able to taxi safely back to the gate.

While the majority of the passengers got another flight to Lexington, some chose to rent a car and drive there.

"Felt like they came too close to a crash to continue flying, but it's a machine, it's just like a car breaking down, it happens," said Pam Foster who was also on the flight.

The FAA is investigating the incident.


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