Spirit Airlines Flights

A Spirit Airlines jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. On Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, Spirit said the cancellation of more than 2,800 flights over an 11-day stretch this summer cost the budget airline about $50 million in lost revenue and caused spending to soar. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Passengers on board a Spirit Airlines flight set to leave Las Vegas Tuesday night faced a long delay following a problem with their aircraft.

According to a McCarran International Airport spokesperson, Spirit Airlines flight 334, which was bound for Pittsburgh, was set to depart at 9:40 p.m. But after the plane left the gate, it was forced to return to the gate and an aircraft incident alert was issued due to a "hot brake" on the plane.

A spokesperson for Spirit Airlines said in a statement Wednesday morning that the crew opted to not take off "out of an abundance of caution due to a potential maintenance issue." The aircraft also experienced a flat tire while taxiing back to the gate, the spokesperson said. 

All 135 passengers deplaned after it returned to the gate. A McCarran spokesperson has said the passengers and their luggage were set to board a new aircraft. 

According to Spirit Airlines, travelers received hotel and meal accommodations and a voucher for future travel with the airline. 

According to both McCarran and Spirit's websites, the new scheduled flight time was 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 -- more than 12 hours after the initial scheduled departure time.

Spirit Airlines provided the following statement: 

Our crew operating Spirit Flight 334 from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh opted to not takeoff out of an abundance of caution due to a potential maintenance issue. The plane braked safely, and we have no injuries to our Guests or Team Members. Upon taxiing back to the gate, the aircraft experienced a flat tire, and Guests were deplaned and brought back into the terminal. We apologize to our Guests for the inconvenience. Our Guests have received hotel and meal accommodations and a future travel voucher, and they’re scheduled to depart later this morning.

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Look how misleading this article is. they call it a long delay and incident. It was not an incident! It was a maintenance issue with low air and hot brakes. This is common in Las Vegas so this news outlet should stop making it appear so bad when its about safety. What about some good news like the pilot did the right thing and kept everyone safe. No instead you want a horrific headline to make news. I am so over fake news! So is the rest of the country!

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