ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) – Asheville Regional Airport Emergency Services said an Allegiant flight reporting hydraulic issues made a safe emergency landing at the airport Monday afternoon.
Sonya Padgett with Allegiant Airlines said flight 1202 departed from the airport at 11:14 a.m. and was bound for Denver, CO.
Shortly after takeoff, an indicator light in the cockpit came on.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the pilot decided to return to the airport to have the plane inspected. An emergency was declared," Padgett said. "This is a standard procedure and ensures that a flight receives priority handling."
After landing, Padgett said the plane, and all 180 passengers and crew members on board, taxied to the gate normally and under the aircraft’s own power.
Tina Kinsey, Director of Marketing for Asheville Regional Airport, released this timeline of what happened:
- 12:25 P.M. - The pilot of an inbound Allegiant flight declared an emergency due to a possible issue, which warrants an automatic emergency response.
Protocol is for an emergency response initiated by airport public safety, with mutual aid from local fire agencies. Emergency personnel responded immediately to prepare for assistance, if needed.
- 12:39 P.M. - Plane landed without incident.
- 12:40 P.M. - Runway closed for mechanical inspection of plane.
- 12:52 P.M. - Emergency response concluded.
- 12:57 P.M. - Airfield reopened.
No other details were immediately available.