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.