Stock­ton-bound plane fills with smoke, re­turns

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Stock­ton Record

STOCK­TON — Pas­sen­gers on a flight from Las Ve­gas to Stock­ton got a scare on Satur­day when the pres­ence of smoke forced their plane to re­turn to the air­port.

Pa­tri­cia Clark and her hus­band, who were in Las Ve­gas to cel­e­brate their wed­ding an­niver­sary, were aboard an Al­le­giant Air flight that departed at 11:48 a.m. when af­ter about 5-10 min­utes in the air, smoke could be seen in­side the air­craft, she said.

It wasn’t thick, but it was present and it smelled like some­thing was burn­ing, Clark said from Las Ve­gas on Satur­day af­ter­noon while she waited for a re­turn flight home.

Ac­cord­ing to a flight tracker, the air­craft in­volved was an Air­bus A319 orig­i­nally sched­uled to land in Stock­ton at 1:05 p.m.

In a writ­ten state­ment, Sonya Pad­gett with Al­le­giant said that shortly af­ter leav­ing the air­port, Al­le­giant Flight 63, with 154 pas­sen­gers and crew on board, ex­pe­ri­enced a me­chan­i­cal is­sue.

“Out of an abun­dance of cau­tion, an emer­gency was de­clared and the pi­lot re­turned to the air­port,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. “The air­craft landed safely and with­out in­ci­dent. It tax­ied to the gate un­der its own power and pas­sen­gers de­planed nor­mally.”

Pad­gett said there were no in­juries and a re­place­ment air­craft com­pleted the flight to Stock­ton.

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