ROANOKE, Va — UPDATED 4:30 P.M.
An airport spokesperson tells News 7 the FAA is coming in tonight to inspect the plane. The plane will not leave the airport until it is safe. We are now being told the fire department did see flames coming out of the engine. Several passengers have told News 7 a similar story. They heard a loud boom and assumed a tire blew. An airport spokesperson says the new flight may take off as early as 6:30 tonight.
UPDATED 2:50 P.M.
An Allegiant Airline Spokesperson says the captain saw smoke in the right engine. He immediately turned off the engine and called the fire department. The engines are located in the back of the plane. Passengers were able to depart safely in the front of the plane. The crew did not notice any flames coming from the engine.
Allegiant is sending a new plane from Orlando. It is scheduled to arrive at 6:25 P.M. and take off around seven. It is scheduled to arrive in Orlando around 9:30. Passengers are being treated to free pizza while they wait. A spokesperson says passengers will be given a 75 dollar off voucher for a future flight. Allegiant says all of the passengers have agreed to board the next flight.