Allegiant Airlines Flight 806 with scheduled service from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) to Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) departed at 1:45 p.m. local time. Shortly thereafter, the aircraft returned to PIE due to a maintenance issue.
Out of an abundance of caution, an emergency was declared and the plane landed safely. Maintenance crews are now inspecting the aircraft to determine the cause.
The aircraft was carrying 133 passengers and six crew members.
"The safety of our passengers and team members is always our utmost priority. We apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience and are offering them $150 dollars off vouchers. Passengers may also choose to change their reservations to any other flight in our system at no additional fee. Those who choose not to travel will receive a full refund."
Passengers continued on to SGF on a replacement aircraft, departing PIE at 5:10 p.m. local time and arriving at SGF at 6:38 p.m. local time.
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla - Allegiant Airlines flight returns to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport due to mechanical issue.
Flight 806 to Springfield-Branson National Airport took off at 1:45 pm from Clearwater.
Shortly after takeoff the aircraft returned to the airport due to a mechanical issue.
An emergency was declared and the plane landed safely back at the airport.
133 passengers and six crew members were on the flight.
Allegiant says that they are working to get passengers on the way to Springfield-Branson Airport as quickly as possible.
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