Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Incident occurred June 17, 2015 at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (KPIE), Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida -- An Allegiant Air flight from St. Petersburg to Pittsburgh was forced to return Wednesday afternoon after the jet developed a problem with pressure.

Flight 866 developed the problem soon after departure.

The plane landed safely and passengers are being unloaded.

Allegiant released the following statement on the incident:

"At Allegiant, the safety of our passengers and crew is always our number one priority. Flight 866 with scheduled service from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) departed at 4:08 p.m. local time and returned at 5:07 p.m. due to a maintenance issue. Our maintenance team is evaluating the aircraft at this time. We are working now to determine next steps for rescheduling the flight and to accommodate passengers."

This is the second time in a little over a week that an Allegiant flight leaving the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport and had to return due to an issue with the plane.


Incident occurred June 17, 2015 at General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE), Milwaukee, Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — A plane from the 128th Air Refueling Wing landed without incident at General Mitchell International Airport Wednesday, June 17th after experiencing an “in-flight emergency.”

Major John Capra with the 128th Air Refueling Wing tells FOX6 News the KC-135 aircraft was out on a routine mission on Wednesday morning, and was returning from delivering troops to the United Kingdom.

About an hour and 30 minutes from Mitchell Airport, as the plane was headed into Milwaukee, the aircraft’s crew noticed a warning on a gauge on the aircraft’s dashboard — related to one of the four jet engines.

An in-flight emergency was declared.

As a precaution, one of the four engines that powers the aircraft was shut down in an effort to not damage the engine in question while in flight.

The crew brought the aircraft into Milwaukee under the power of three engines. Major Capra tells FOX6 News the aircraft could fly with just one of its four engines if need be.

Just after 11:15 a.m., the plane landed without incident at Mitchell Airport.

The plane was then impounded, and it will be inspected by the 128th Air Refueling Wing’s quality assurance crew before jet engine technicians inspect it.

Major Capra says 128th Air Refueling Wing flight crews take part in multiple training sessions every year to prepare for the various scenarios that could arise while in flight.