Allegiant Air Flight No. 863 is shown on the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport tarmac after making an emergency landing Sunday night. The plane, carrying 168 passengers and crew, was enroute from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to St. Petersburg, Fla., when a warning light indicated a fire in its cargo hold. All 168 people evacuated the aircraft safely. Officials later determined there was no fire.
ALBANY, Ga. -- The Allegiant Air jet, forced to land Sunday at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, took to the sky again late Tuesday.
The airliner had been on its way from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to St. Petersburg, Fla., when an indicator light warned of a possible fire in the cargo hold. As a safety measure, air traffic control in Jacksonville, Fla., directed the pilot to the airport in Albany.
"There was no fire," said Yvette Aehle, director of the Albany air facility. "Apparently it was a faulty sensor."
Aehle said 155 passengers, who exited the Allegiant jet using plastic emergency slides, were made as comfortable as possible for their six hours at the regional airport, until charter buses arrived to transport them to St. Petersburg.
According to Aehle, an Allegiant technical repair crew has since made an inspection of the stranded aircraft and replaced the plastic emergency exit slides. The jet left Albany around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aehle said.