Biloxi-bound jet seized after legal dispute

Engine company claims airline owes them $75,000

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dozens of passengers headed to a casino in Biloxi, Miss., were out of luck after their jet was pulled off the runway because of a legal dispute.

The 130 passengers were scheduled to travel from St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport on Monday to Gulfport, Miss., for a three-day and four-night trip at the Beau Rivage Casino.

The Tampa Tribune reports the seizure stemmed from a dispute between Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines and CTS Engines of Fort Lauderdale. Vision Airlines officials say the engine company claims in a lawsuit filed in Broward County that the airline owes it around $75,000.

On Dec. 19, the company filed to have the lawsuit dismissed but a few days later, a judge in Broward County signed an order allowing the jet to be seized.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.