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Allegiant flight makes emergency landing in Fla.

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 13:48:05-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - An Allegiant Air flight heading to New Windsor, New York, made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from St. Pete-Clearwater Airport.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1XT2heL ) reports the plane took off at 7:27 a.m. Thursday and the crew discovered an unspecified mechanical problem around 7:58 a.m. They decided to return to the airport.

The plane, carrying 165 passengers and six crew members, landed around 9 a.m. The newspaper reports passengers were put on another plane within a half hour of returning.

In a news release, Allegiant said mechanics would investigate the aircraft to diagnose and repair the issue.

No further details were immediately available.

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