On 30 November, the right hand engine cowl of a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320 (N227FR) broke loose just after take-off from Las Vegas Airport. The aircraft was scheduled for flight F9260 to Tampa Airport. The pilots decided to return to Las Vegas Airport, where the aircraft safely landed 15 minutes after its departure.
Shortly after the incident, the airline issued a statement: “During take-off on Frontier flight 260 from Las Vegas to Tampa this morning, a section of an engine cover called a cowling came loose and separated from the aircraft. Our pilots followed procedure and immediately returned to the airport. The engine continued to operate normally and the aircraft, an Airbus A320, landed safely. Safety is our top priority at Frontier Airlines and we would like to acknowledge the professionalism of our pilots and flight attendants. We are working to get our passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible.”