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Cabin Smoke Forces Allegiant Air Flight to Make Emergency Landing

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | June 09, 2015

Cabin Smoke Forces Allegiant Air Flight to Make Emergency Landing

A Maryland-bound Allegiant Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Florida's St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport shortly after takeoff on Monday.

According to Kirstin Garriss of, the flight's crew reported smoke in the cabin of the MD-83 less than 10 minutes into the flight, which was headed to Hagerstown Regional Airport in Maryland. 

"At one point we were told there was a burning sensation and we'd return to St. Pete," said passenger Pattie Dell via Tampa's Fox 13

Flight 864, carrying 141 passengers and half of a dozen crew members, returned and landed at St. Petersburg-Clearwater without issue. Afterwards, the plane's emergency slides were deployed so that passengers could evacuate quickly. 

Here's a look at the frantic evacuation courtesy of Tampa's Fox 13 on Twitter.

WTSP News 10's Kendra Conlon reported that passengers were then bused back to the terminal.

Three passengers and one flight attendant reportedly suffered injuries. However, these were apparently not serious as the four were not transported to a hospital or treated at the scene, per Garriss.

In a statement, the Nevada-based low-cost carrier said that passengers would receive $200 vouchers on top of full refunds for their airfare. Additionaly, passengers from out of town were provided with hotel rooms Monday night. 

The flight has been rescheduled for 3:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday. 

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