Passengers describe 'travel nightmare' on Allegiant flight from Sanford airport

SANFORD, Fla. – Passengers waited at the Sanford International Airport for a fourth flight back to Grand Rapids, Michigan after what they called a travel "nightmare" Wednesday night.

Orlando visitor Chris Sloan said this was only his second time flying, and his father's first experience.

"It was crazy. Three different planes, they all broke down," said Sloan.

Allegiant Airlines representatives said Flight 628 with service from SFB to Gerald R. Ford Airport (GRR) took off Wednesday at 12:21 p.m. but was not in the air long.

"They said the radar was malfunctioning so we were in the air like 45 minutes then we returned," said Flight 628 passenger, Brian Lanius.

Allegiant Airlines said passengers were asked to deplane about an hour after the flight took off, citing a mechanical issue. Passengers waited for the rescheduled flight, that pushed back just before 6 p.m.

"It was a nightmare you know, it's hot on them planes, and we were up in the air for 20 minutes and they had an engine overheat. So we had to turn around, come back, get off the plane get back on another one it was hot, and we had electrical problems," said Sloan.

Allegiant Airlines said the second flight did not take off, because of an unrelated mechanical issue, and returned to the gate at 6:20 p.m. A third flight was scheduled to leave just before 9 p.m. but did not take off due to an issue with cabin lighting.

Allegiant Airlines offered passengers a fourth flight Thursday morning, along with hotel accommodations, and a $200 voucher for future flights.

But passengers told News 6 the inconvenience was not their biggest concern.

"If that many planes are breaking down, that would be my main safety concern if they're doing the proper maintenance to their planes," said Lanius.

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