Thursday, December 31, 2015

Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N405NV, Flight G4-760 : Incident occurred December 31, 2015 at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (KCHA), Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee

There were tense moments Thursday morning when a plane carrying 156 people made an emergency landing in Chattanooga.

"We heard an unusual noise. Something we've never heard on a flight before," said Matt Starkweather a passenger on board the flight.

Allegiant Air flight 760 made an unexpected stop in Chattanooga. It departed Orlando shortly before 6:30am and was headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"We kind of knew that something was not right," said Starkweather. 

Starkweather and his wife were in Orlando visiting family. They were heading home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"Like a boom. I guess it sounded like we hit something," said Starkweather explaining what he heard. 

At 32,000 feet and roughly 35 miles from Chattanooga, the sound inside the cabin changed.

"You could definitely tell that we were on one engine."

Airport and fire department officials say the plane had trouble with it's right engine and requested an emergency landing.

"They told us we'd be landing in Chattanooga in 5-10 minutes and to prepare for landing." 

Starkweather says the crew was calm and didn't give a reason to panic or mention an emergency.

"None of the kids got scared or anything like that. There was no panic or anything at all on the plane," said Starkweather expressing appreciation for the pilots and crew. 

With everyone safe, Starkweather and his family now focused on 2016.

"Hopefully we get home in time to take a power nap and get our plans ready for tonight," said Starkweather. 

Passengers tell us Allegiant Air had another Aircraft flown to Chattanooga from Las Vegas. That plane will pick up the passengers and take them to their final destination in Iowa. 

In a release, Allegiant Air states "passengers who choose not to travel [on the connecting flight] will receive a refund. Passengers are also being offered $100 dollars off vouchers for future travel and the option to change their current reservation to another flight in our system."

Allegiant Air also states the aircraft has been taken out of service and will be thoroughly inspected to determine the cause.

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UPDATE: An Allegiant Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday morning at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport with reported engine problems.

Emergency crews from the airport and the Chattanooga Fire Department scrambled to prepare for the emergency landing.

The plane was able to land safely at the airport. There were 156 passengers plus crew members aboard the MD-80 aircraft.

Passengers tell Channel 3 they heard a loud pop after about an hour in the air and almost halfway through the flight. One passenger says after a few minutes the pilot announced they would be landing in Chattanooga.

The plane left Orlando Sanford International Airport Thursday morning, bound for Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Allegiant is sending in another plane at noon to fly the passengers to Cedar Rapids.

Passengers were taken inside the airport and their luggage was taken off the plane. Current plans are to fly them to their intended destination of Cedar Rapids on a replacement aircraft, scheduled to depart midday.

Allegiant Air's Media Relations Department responded to Channel 3's inquiry about Thursday's emergency landing with the following statement:

Flight 760 with scheduled service from Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids (CID) departed SFB at 6:23 a.m. local time. The aircraft experienced an issue with its right engine and diverted to Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) out of an abundance of caution. The aircraft landed safely at approximately 8:02 a.m. local time. There were 150 passengers and six crew members on board. 

The aircraft has been taken out of service and will be thoroughly inspected to determine the cause.

Passengers have deplaned and a replacement aircraft is en route to carry passengers on to CID. The current scheduled time of departure is 12:44 p.m. Passengers who choose not to travel will receive a refund. Passengers are also being offered $100 dollars off vouchers for future travel and the option to change their current reservation to another flight in our system.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An Allegiant Air flight made a safe emergency landing Thursday at a Tennessee airport, the fourth time an Allegiant flight from Florida has been diverted in a week.

Chattanooga Airport spokesman Albert Waterhouse said Allegiant Air Flight 760 landed at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday after reporting an engine problem. No injuries were reported.

Allegiant Air said in a statement that the plane has been taken out of service and will be inspected.

The statement said the flight, which was headed from Sanford, Florida, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had 150 passengers and six crew members. Allegiant said a replacement aircraft will take passengers on to Iowa.

At least three other Allegiant Air flights from Orlando Sanford International Airport have been diverted for emergency landings in the past week.

A flight to Wisconsin landed in North Dakota on Tuesday after having mechanical issues. A flight to Bangor, Maine, landed at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick on Wednesday when passengers reported an abnormal smell. On Christmas Eve, a flight to Youngstown, Ohio was diverted to Jacksonville, Florida, for a reported "engine problem."


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