After a noise, pilot aborts S. Ore. takeoff

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- After a loud bang, the pilot of an Allegiant Air flight building up speed to take off on a flight from Medford to Las Vegas hit the brakes and aborted the flight.

Medford airport spokeswoman Kim Stearns told the Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/vKuabU ) an engine problem was likely the cause of the sound Thursday morning. She says debris was scattered on the runway.

The paper said 145 people were aboard.

The plane spent 20 minutes on the runway while the brakes cooled and firefighters stood watch. Then it returned to the terminal to let passengers off.

An Allegiant plane from Phoenix was heading to Medford to pick up the passengers.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/