Friday, November 25, 2016

Allegiant Air: Incident occurred November 25, 2016 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida



PUNTA GORDA, FL -   Allegiant Air in Punta Gorda experienced more problems Friday morning when a plane had to return because of a mechanical issue. It’s the latest in a string of problems for the airline.

The problem delayed other flights on one of the busiest weekends of the year as the Punta Gorda Airport continues to add more flights.

The flight bound for Indianapolis was in the air for 45 minutes but returned because of stuck flaps. The plane also asked for help landing due to a concern with overheating brakes.

Everyone on the aircraft was okay and the issue was fixed, however, it did lead to other delays at the Punta Gorda airport.

“The first time I ever flew Allegiant,” Nathan Tacy said. “We took off and then landed immediately.”

A Tampa Bay Times investigation showed that in 2015, 77 Allegiant planes had to make emergency landings to fix a problem.

“Last year when I came down from South Bend, they had plane problems, and I didn’t get to go,” Elizabeth Soures said.

But the issues don’t seem to bother some of those who choose to fly Allegiant.

“It doesn’t worry me,” Marie Klein assured. “They’re pretty good. They’re real good.”

Officials in Punta Gorda continue to show support for Allegiant as it has been a big part of the airport’s growth.

Story and video:   http://www.nbc-2.com

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