6/25 [Sanford]: Wasp causes diversion

6/25 [Sanford]: Wasp causes diversion

Another flight from St. Pete-Clearwater Airport was forced Thursday to make an unexpected landing.

That’s the third time locally this month.

The ABC I-Team has been uncovering troubling information about the airline for weeks now. In the most recent case pilots first thought there may have been a mechanical issue with the plane, but it turns out a wasp was building a nest in the engine of the aircraft, according to Allegiant officials.

This set off the airflow indicators and pilots diverted to another airport.  The plane was headed for Niagara Falls but didn’t even make it to Georgia before diverting to Orlando.

So far this month at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport alone Allegiant Air has had two emergency landings. One had smoke in the cabin, the other had pressurization problems.

Following the emergency landing June 17, Allegiant has canceled more than a dozen flights mostly due to mechanical issues or planes taken out of service.

This past Friday in Las Vegas a plane diverted after a crack in a passenger window was spotted. Pilots we spoke with say that is highly unusual and very dangerous.

(Source: ABC Action News)


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