July 25th, 2010
05:52 PM ET

Plane makes emergency landing in Arizona

A regional airline plane flying from Billings, Montana, had to make an emergency landing about 150 miles from its final destination of Phoenix, Arizona, Sunday, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor.

Allegiant Flight 645 was diverted to Flagstaff, Arizona, at 10:37 a.m. MT, Gregor said. The agency is investigating whether a possible engine fire forced the landing.

Initial reports stated that seven passengers received minor injuries, including scrapes and bruises, while evacuating the aircraft via the plane's emergency slides, he said.

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  1. beachrat

    You would think that with all the money they rake in stiffing their passangers with fees , they could keep their aircraft in better shape. God bless those that survived.

    July 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynsey

      Actually, Allegiant does not stiff their passengers with fees. They are an ultra low cost carrier that runs shuttles between smaller cities in the north and sunny, vacation locales, often with ticket prices under $100.

      July 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ginny Solis

    My youngest daughter and mother were on the plane. Just glad they are safe and the pilot landed them safely. We won't be flying with their airline anytime soon. Took them over 3 hours to figure out how they were going to get them home. I just drove up from Phoenix and got them home safe and sound.

    July 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marilyn Taylor

    My niece & her family were on that plane and they said smoke filled the cabin after they landed. And before they landed they were told they were having an emergency landing and may not make it to the airport because they'd lost an engine. They said it was chaos trying to get off and several people were hurt. The plane was smoking for five hours after it landed and the media is reporting it like there wasn't a fire. You couldn't pay me enough to fly Allegiant! The stewardesses all panicked too. People were jumping off the wing to get out as well. Not a well handled emergency.

    July 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Marilyn you don't know what you are talking about. I was a passenger on the plane as well and it was very scary but I thought they did an excellent job getting everyone off safely. It's funny you know that it was smoking for 5 hours...did you sit there and watch it? Allegiant is a great airline that has good low fares. Other airlines have just as many problems so until you know what your talking about why dont you keep it zipped.

      July 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BettyB

    @ Marilyn..... "People were jumping off the wing to get out as well. Not a well handled emergency." That is a good thing, since that is where 4 of the 8 exits are on an MD-83. It's called an exit row for a reason. How is it a not a well handled emergency if all of the people got off the plane safe including your family members. "They said it was chaos trying to get off and several people were hurt." There were 150 scared people trying to get off a plane. Is it the airline or the Flight Attendant's (by the way they aren't called stewardesses anymore) fault if some people caused chaos or sprained an ankle jumping off the wing instead of sliding off like they were told. There are 3 Flight Attendants on those planes and 150 passengers, what do you expect.
    @ Ginny.... "Took them over 3 hours to figure out how they were going to get them home." How long would you expect it to take to find transportation for 150 people a 150 miles away on no notice. Not to mention that they were not in a city that they would normally land in.

    People amaze me with their ignorance. This airline has a very good safety record, I've checked.

    July 27, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Warren

    You're all crazy

    July 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |