Emergency crews respond to Allegiant plane at FWA
Updated: Friday, 28 Dec 2012, 4:47 PM EST
Published : Friday, 28 Dec 2012, 1:49 PM EST
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - According to an Allegiant official an indicator light for the cargo hold prompted an emergency landing for Allegiant flight 959, out of South Bend bound for Punta Gorda, Florida.
Emergency crews responded to the emergency landing at the Fort Wayne International Airport Friday around 1:25 p.m. Jessica Wheeler, spokesperson for Allegiant, said the plane made an emergency in response to an indicator light for the cargo hold.
An Allegiant official says there were 149 passengers and five crew members on on the flight. They were all quickly and safely evacuated out of inflatable door slides.
As of about 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Allegiant was interviewing passengers and working on getting food to the evacuated group.
Allegiant said no serious injuries had been reported and a Sheriff's Deputy said there were no injuries.
Allegiant is also working on securing a new plane to get passengers on their way to Punta Gorda, Florida.
Allegiant Travel Company issued this statement around 3:45 p.m. Friday:
The company's first priority is to meet the needs of those who have been directly affected by this event. Allegiant's Care Support Team, a team of specially trained employee volunteers, will be available to assist passengers.
Allegiant said passengers and families of flight 959 in need of assistance or additional information may contact Allegiant at 1-888-393-3535.