Passengers aboard an Allegiant Air flight headed toward the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport had a bit of a scare Sunday evening when they were forced to make an emergency landing in Baltimore.
“We were going through the cover-your-head-and-tuck drill,” said one passenger, who asked that he not be identified. “Kids were crying."
The plane left St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday afternoon and was expected to land that evening in Elmira. Instead, passengers were told to prepare for an emergency landing at Baltimore Washington International Airport.
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Manager Ann Crook said an indicator in the cockpit alerted the crew to a possible issue with the plane's brakes.
The plane seemed to come in a bit fast and bumpy but otherwise it was a “routine landing,” the passenger said.
“We did smell an odor in the cabin while the plane was in the air,” he said.
Crews in Baltimore checked the plane for mechanical problems, and everything was found to be in excellent condition, Crook said.
The plane, which was carrying about 150 passengers, eventually landed in Elmira at about 3 a.m, she said.
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