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Allegiant Air flight returns to St. Pete-Clearwater Airport shortly after takeoff

Posted: 9:18 AM, Mar 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-05 17:00:41Z
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — An Allegiant Air flight that took off from St. Pete-Clearwater International airport on Tuesday has returned to the airport after approximately an hour and a half in the air.

Flight G4842 took off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport at approximately 7:32 a.m. The flight was headed to Syracuse but instead turned around over Lake City and returned to PIE, landing safely at approximately 9:05 a.m. The flight was rescheduled to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

A screenshot from Flightaware.com shows the Airbus A320 loop around over the Tampa Bay Area before landing at its origin airport.

Allegiant Air says an indicator light came on in the cockpit and the captain decided to return to the airport to have it checked out. The airline released the following statement:

Flight 842, with 137 passengers, departed St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport at 7:32 a.m. Eastern time today, bound for Syracuse Hancock International Airport. About an hour into the flight, an indicator light came on in the cockpit. Out of an abundance of caution, the captain decided to return to the airport to have it checked out. He declared an emergency so that, upon landing, the flight would receive priority handling by the airport. The plane landed without incident and passengers deplaned normally. The replacement flight is scheduled to depart at 12:30 p.m. While passengers wait, they have been offered gate service as well as meal vouchers and $100 vouchers to use for future travel.

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