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UPDATE: Fire alarm forces Allegiant flight to make emergency landing

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A cockpit warning light led pilots to believe there was a fire in the cargo hold and make an emergency landing at the nearest airport, Allegiant Air officials said Monday.


863 en route from Cedar Rapids to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla., made an emergency landing in Albany, Ga., on Sunday.

All passengers and crew got off the plane safely.

"We are proud of how both our crew and passengers handled the situation," the company said in a written statement. "Fortunately there was no evidence of fire found, and we are continuing to work to identify the cause of the alarm."


Allegiant Air Flight 863 out of Cedar Rapids made an emergency landing in Albany, Ga., after crews reported a fire in the plane's cargo hold.

Authorities say the plane landed and all 155 passengers and 6 crew members got off the plane safely.

According to Allegiant's website, flight 863 took off from Cedar Rapids at about 6 p.m. Sunday night, and was scheduled to land in St. Petersburg, Fla. 

According to NBC affiliate WALB-TV in Albany, Ga., authorities were called due to the fire just before 9 p.m. Sunday night.

Brian Davis with Allegiant Air said all of the passengers would be transported by bus to St. Petersburg, Fla.

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