Engine problem diverts St. Pete-Clearwater Allegiant flight

Allegiant Air jets file photo. David Becker / AP
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – An Allegiant Air flight that took off Monday morning from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport was diverted to another airport after experiencing engine problems.

FlightAware records show that Allegiant Air flight 848 took off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport at 9:22 a.m. The flight was headed to Richmond, VA, but was diverted to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC.

Allegiant released the following statement about the diverted flight to News Channel 8:

“The safety of our passengers and crew is always our top priority. Flight 848, an MD-80 from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) to Richmond, VA with 146 passengers and six crew members on board, diverted to Greensboro, NC due to an engine issue.

Our maintenance team is currently investigating the cause of the incident. The flight landed safely at Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) at 10:58 a.m. and passengers will board a replacement aircraft to continue to Richmond with a current scheduled departure time of 4:08 p.m.

All passengers will be refunded the flight segment air portion of their itinerary, receive refreshments at the gate, $100 vouchers for future travel and the ability to change their flight to a later date at no fee.”

Monday’s diverted flight was the most recent problem experienced by the airline. Five passengers were injured on June 8 when their plane made an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Another Allegiant plane made an emergency landing at the same airport on June 18.

The FAA is investigating an incident involving an Allegiant jet from Las Vegas that almost ran out of fuel before landing at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota, which was temporarily closed to most traffic because the Navy Blue Angels team was practicing.

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