Smoke fills cabin of Allegiant Air flight from Vegas to Fresno

Passengers make emergency exit from airplane at Fresno airport as smoke fills cabin

Smoke filled the cabin of an Allegiant Air jet after it landed at a Fresno airport on Monday, forcing coughing passengers to cover their faces with shirts and firefighters to board the plane, authorities said. The plane stopped short of the gate and passengers were forced to exit on a staircase in the back of the plane.

The plane coming from Las Vegas had a mechanical issue during taxiing, and about 150 passengers and six crew members exited using the rear stairs, Allegiant said in a statement.

The ABC report also said Allegiant Air blamed the situation on a mechanical problem and said an abundance of caution was what prompted them to make the passengers exit the plane before it reached the gate. Federal officials say passengers were escorted to the terminal.

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