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Allegiant Air flight aborts takeoff at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport after engine fails

Allegiant has suffered a series of highly publicized emergency landings since last year, including several emergency landings at the Pinellas County airport since the summer. Allegiant carried about  95 percent of the airport’s record 1.6 million passengers in 2015. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Allegiant has suffered a series of highly publicized emergency landings since last year, including several emergency landings at the Pinellas County airport since the summer. Allegiant carried about 95 percent of the airport’s record 1.6 million passengers in 2015. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Feb. 26, 2016

An Allegiant Air flight aborted takeoff Thursday afternoon at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport after an engine failure.

Flight 904, bound for Kansas City, Mo., was rolling down the runway at 3:10 p.m. when its left engine suffered a malfunction called a compressor stall, according to the pilot's communication with the airport tower. This sort of malfunction is caused by abnormal airflow through the engine.

A compressor stall can be triggered by a variety of problems, from a bird strike to worn or dirty compressor components, aviation websites show. It is one of the more common causes of engine failures on commercial jet aircraft.

A report by Fox's WTVT-Ch. 13 said passengers on the flight heard a loud boom during takeoff. Later, the station reported, the crew told passengers the aircraft had suffered an engine failure.

The airport refused to comment to the Tampa Bay Times. Officials at Las Vegas-based Allegiant did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Allegiant has suffered a series of highly publicized emergency landings since last year, including several at the Pinellas County airport since the summer. Allegiant carried about 95 percent of the airport's record 1.6 million passengers in 2015.