Allegiant flight leaving FL delayed 3 times, turns around after problems mid-air

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SANFORD, Fla. (WESH) — Passengers are furious with Allegiant Airlines after a three delays and an in-flight electrical problem that caused the flight to turn around on Monday.

The flight was supposed to leave Sanford for Charlotte on Monday morning, but was delayed three times before it took off. Passengers were left waiting for more than 10 hours.

WESH News obtained video from inside the plane when it was forced to turn back to Orlando Sanford International Airport.

The trouble started just after 9 a.m. with the flight in mid-air. Officials said the problem was due to a mechanical issue and passenger medical issues.

According to a passenger, flight crews gave all passengers a 15-minute wait time, which turned into hours. The passenger said there were mechanics in the cockpit as passengers waited again after boarding.

In a series of statements, Allegiant told WESH News it initially went back to the gate when a passenger suffered a medical issue. Then, once in the air, electrical problems forced the plane to turn around. Later, boarding was halted as a piece of emergency equipment had to be inspected.

This comes after the Federal Aviation Administration put the airline under a safety evaluation in April two years earlier than scheduled due to aborted takeoffs and other mechanical issues.
That evaluation is expected to last through June.

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