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Engine cover comes off Frontier flight headed to Tampa

Commercial airplane lands safely in Las Vegas

Frontier airplane.
Frontier airplane.

LAS VEGAS – A commercial passenger jet bound for Tampa, Florida, returned safely to Las Vegas with engine cover damage just minutes after takeoff, authorities said.

No injuries were reported after Frontier Airlines Flight 260 landed at 7:26 a.m. Friday with 166 passengers and crew members aboard.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said emergency crews found debris on the runway while the aircraft taxied to a gate under its own power.

The spokeswoman said the pilot of the Airbus 320 reported an engine "concern" before circling back to the airport 15 minutes after takeoff.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Allison Redmon said an engine cover cowling came loose and separated from the aircraft.

She said passengers were given refunds and were being rebooked on other airlines.