An Allegiant Air plane leaving St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport Wednesday afternoon returned because of a mechanical issue. An airline spokesperson said Allegiant couldn’t say what the issue was. No emergency was declared.
The plane was scheduled to depart the Tampa Bay area at 2:04 p.m. It actually left at 3 p.m., heading to Bangor, Maine. The plane returned to St. Pete-Clearwater, landing safely, according to the Allegiant spokesperson, at 4:18 p.m. “Passengers will continue on to Bangor on a replacement aircraft,” Allegiant said in a statement.
Earlier Wednesday, airport spokeswoman Michelle Routh told News Channel 8 the plane returned to St. Pete-Clearwater because of a runway issue in Maine. However, Allegiant later said it was a mechanical issue.
In June, two Allegiant planes made emergency landings at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. On June 8 a plane departing the Pinellas County airport made an emergency landing. That plane turned around after the crew reported smoke in the cabin. Five people were injured during the landing. On June 17 a plane returned to the airport because of pressurization problems.