Allegiant flight from Orlando gets diverted on way to Flint - WNEM TV 5

Allegiant flight from Orlando gets diverted on way to Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Allegiant Flight 676 from Orlando to Flint was diverted to Knoxville, Tennessee on Monday.

The flight was scheduled to depart Orlando/Sanford Monday morning.

The flight diverted "out of an abundance of caution after an indicator light issue," a spokesperson for Allegiant said.

"Everything goes through your mind. Oh no, we just heard about the one lady where the window broke and you think about those things," said Roberta Waltham, passenger. "It's scary when you have little kids with you and they don't understand."

The pilot told passengers they had to make an emergency landing in Knoxville.

"'We got an indicator in the cockpit we didn't like. So you know, be prepared to see some emergency vehicles there. Not a big deal,'" said Kaley McCarthy, passenger.

McCarthy and her 4-year-old son were scared. She said just before the announcement was made she heard two large bangs coming from beneath her.

"Just large crack sounds. Almost as if something had fallen off or exploded. Almost immediately the airplane stopped and kind of dipped," McCarthy said.

Other passengers said they didn't hear those noises, but said the flight began descending quickly.

"My daughter was very scared because she knew something was wrong," said Melissa Schummer, passenger.

It turned out to be just a warning light malfunction.

"Was everybody upset? Yes. Was everybody concerned? Yes. But we landed safely," said Don Kulaszewski, passenger. "We're still alive. And we can talk about it."

The airline sent another plane to Knoxville to get the passengers to Flint.

The flight landed in Flint about 6:15 p.m.

The passengers received vouchers worth $150 due to the inconvenience.

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