Allegiant flight from Sanford lands safely following ‘mechanical issue’ shortly after takeoff

SANFORD, Fla. — An Allegiant Airlines flight from Sanford was forced to return to the airport just after takeoff Thursday due to a potential mechanical issue, the airline said.


Allegiant flight 2254 to Traverse City, Michigan took off from Orlando Sanford International Airport shortly after noon Thursday but was diverted back to the airport out of an abundance of caution.

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Emergency crews from the Seminole County, Lake Mary, and Sanford fire departments responded to the airport for a “distressed aircraft” landing.

The Airbus A319 jet landed safely just over 30 minutes after the initial takeoff, according to online flight data.

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According to Allegiant, arrangements were made for the passengers to continue on to Traverse City on another plane.

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