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Allegiant Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Florida

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 21, 2015

Allegiant Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Florida

An Allegiant Air flight from Fort Lauderdale to Memphis was forced to make an emergency landing in Central Florida Monday afternoon when the pilot reported a maintenance issue and smoke in the cockpit.

In a report from Erica Rakow of, the Allegiant Air pilot made the decision to land the plane at Orlando-Sanford International Airport 45 minutes into the flight after smelling smoke in the cockpit.

Allegiant Air told it is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the smoky odor.

There were 148 passengers onboard at the time of the emergency landing, with no reported injuries. The passengers disembarked without incident and were booked on different flights to Memphis.

In addition to providing a replacement flight, Allegiant Air gave passengers impacted by the emergency landing $100 in flying credit to make up for the inconvenience.

This is just the latest bump in the road for Allegiant Air in the past few months. Last week, passengers on a flight getting ready to depart from Jacksonville were forced to wait an hour on the runway before the flight was canceled. The passengers also suffered a similar delay the following day.

In a report from TravelPulse’s Rich Thomaselli in June, Allegiant Air’s own pilots accused the airline of cutting corners on maintenance and operations. The revelation caused waves in the airline industry, but the company denied the allegations.

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