Asheville-bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing
Scary moments for passengers aboard an Asheville-bound Allegiant Air flight out of Ft. Lauderdale. Flight 916 was forced to divert and make an emergency landing at the St. Pete-Clearwater airport.
The plane was on it's way to Asheville Monday afternoon when it hit turbulence. Passengers say the aircraft took a sudden dive, throwing them from their seats.
Initial reports say a flight attendant and three passengers were injured.
Passengers say the flight attendant was in the middle of drink service when the plane made a sudden and unexpected free fall.
A spokesperson for Allegiant Air says the flight attendant came down hard on top of a passenger, and another person was injured by the drink cart.
Website Flightaware.com shows the plane abruptly changing course over Florida and a rapid decent of over 11,000 feet in just minutes.
The plane landed safely at St. Pete-Clearwater.
Passengers spent the night in Clearwater, and will board a new flight to Asheville today.