Flights from Vegas land in Charlotte following mass shooting

Moments after the terror attack, all flights were suspended from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two flights arrived in Charlotte from Las Vegas, taking off after the deadliest shooting occurred Sunday night in the history of the United States.

One of them landed on time. The other about 90 minutes late.

American Airlines Flight 507 was originally scheduled to take off at 10:55 p.m. PDT. Las Vegas Police say the call for the deadly shooting came in around 10:08 p.m. PDT.

Passengers on that flight say they were already sitting on the plane when they were ask to de-board.

"We got off the plane because of something that was going on,” says passenger William Egge.

“When we were deplaned, everybody was on their phones. So you could Google it. It was already pretty active on social media so people were starting to get some idea of what was going on. It wasn't until I landed that I learned the real extent of the death toll,” says passenger Ben Slocum.

Dozens of people were killed and hundreds more were injured after Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from a room at the Mandalay Bay hotel at people attending a country concert. The hotel is located just minutes from McCarran International Airport.

“We were at the Mandalay Bay on Saturday night. Completely thinking about the fact that if we had been one day later in the same place what could've happened so completely shocked,” says Egge.

Shortly after the shooting, the Las Vegas airport temporarily suspended operations. Some flights were diverted. Others delayed. But a few others managed to leave on time.

"Closed the strip down and when I got to the airport, the airport had been locked down too. And some flights were diverted but we got out,” says passenger Rick Rector.
 

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