Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing in Tennessee

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An Allegiant Air flight made a safe emergency on landing Thursday at a Tennessee airport, officials said.

Chattanooga Airport spokesman Albert Waterhouse said Allegiant Air Flight 760 landed around 8:30 a.m. after reporting an engine problem. No injuries were reported.

Allegiant Air said in a statement that the plane has been taken out of service and will be inspected to find out what caused the problem.

The statement said the flight, which was headed from Orlando, Florida, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had 150 passengers and six crew members. Allegiant says a replacement aircraft was used to take passengers on to Iowa.

Three other Allegiant Air flights from Orlando have made emergency landings since Christmas Eve. One landed on Dec. 24 at Jacksonville International Airport due to a faulty indicator light. On Dec. 28, a flight landed in North Dakota after having a mechanical problem with its deicing equipment. A third emergency landing occurred in Rhode Island on Wednesday after passengers reported an abnormal smell that ended up being from a leaking air duct.

"All three diversions were for very different and unrelated reasons," the airline said in the statement. "Our pilots are highly trained and Allegiant safety protocols emphasize putting the safety of passengers foremost in making any decision of this type."

It said all the incidents were resolved safely and passengers received help getting to their final destinations.

The airline said the flights were among 212 that originated in Orlando in the past seven days.

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