Allegiant jet makes emergency landing in Central Florida

Incident the latest in series of issues with airline

SANFORD, Fla. - Allegiant Airlines is facing more problems.

In the most recent incident, a jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Central Florida because of a mechanical problem.

The issue occurred Monday on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Memphis. About 45 minutes into the flight, something went wrong on board, forcing the pilot to divert and make an emergency landing at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. All 148 passengers were safe.

Last week, passengers on a flight from Jacksonville had their flight canceled after sitting on the runway for over an hour. The flight was rescheduled the following day, when the same thing happened.

Allegiant pilots have raised concerns about safety.  Last month, pilots accused the airline of having a "bare minimum approach to maintenance" after a series of emergency landings in St. Petersburg.

Allegiant has one of the oldest fleets of jets in country, but the airline said it also has one of the best safety records.

Allegiant said it's conducting an investigation into the latest emergency landing in Central Florida to figure out what happened.

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