Allegiant flight makes an emergency landing after the crew notices an 'electrical smell' (ALGT)

  • An Allegiant Air flight made an emergency landing on Sunday after its crew noticed an "electrical smell," the airline confirmed to Business Insider.
  • An Allegiant spokesperson told Business Insider that the flight's crew became aware of "a light electrical odor which persisted over several minutes" and diverted "out of an abundance of caution."
  • The airline said airport personnel were sent to inspect the plane, but the airline has not determined what caused the smell.


An Allegiant Air flight made an emergency landing on Sunday after its crew noticed an "electrical smell," the airline confirmed to Business Insider.

Flight 1878 was traveling from Indianapolis to Myrtle Beach, Florida, and diverted to Asheville, North Carolina. The flight took off at 3:00 p.m. and landed at 4:15 p.m. at Asheville Regional Airport, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.

An Allegiant spokesperson told Business Insider that the flight's crew became aware of "a light electrical odor which persisted over several minutes" and diverted "out of an abundance of caution." The airline said airport personnel were sent to inspect the plane, but the airline has not determined what caused the smell.

Passengers were transferred to a new plane that landed without incident at Myrtle Beach International Airport.

A passenger, identified as Ryan, told NBC affiliate WMBF that the second flight experienced delays that frustrated passengers, and some "started yelling back" at the flight crew. Ryan told WMBF passengers were given a food voucher and a $50 travel voucher, in addition to being offered drinks and snacks during the delay.

A JetBlue flight also made an emergency landing on Sunday. The airline told ABC News the flight diverted "in an abundance of caution following a report of damage to one of the outer layers of the cockpit windscreen." The cabin did not lose pressurization during the incident, according to ABC.

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