NewsFlorida News


Jet makes emergency landing at south Ga. airport

small plane
Posted at 7:11 AM, Jul 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-29 03:13:08-04

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say more than 150 passengers made it off an Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a south Georgia airport.

Police in Albany say they responded to reports of a fire in the cargo department of the plane shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

Concerns about the possible fire led the plane -- Allegiant Air flight 863 -- to make an emergency landing at Southwest Georgia Regional airport in Albany.

WALB-TV reports ( that all 155 passengers and 6 crew members got off the plane safely. Video showed passengers sliding down inflatable chutes.

Brian Davis, a spokesman for the Nevada-based airline, says the plane had taken off from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was scheduled to land in St. Petersburg, Fla.