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Allegiant plane makes emergency landing in Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE (AP) — The executive director of the Fort Wayne airport says an initial inspection of an Allegiant Air plane that made an emergency landing there Friday shows no sign of a fire.

Allegiant Air spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler says the flight from South Bend to Punta Gorda, Fla., landed in Fort Wayne shortly before 1:30 p.m. after a cargo fire indicator light came on. She says all 149 passengers and five crew members were safely evacuated.

Scott Hinderman of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority says firefighters didn’t see or smell any smoke, but there is still baggage on board. He says officials don’t know what caused the light to come on.

Wheeler says a replacement plane is headed to Fort Wayne from Bellingham, Wash., and is expected to depart about 10 p.m.



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