A plane that took off from Iowa for St. Petersburg, Fla., had to make an emergency landing at a south Georgia airport, authorities said.
The jet, which took off from Cedar Rapids, landed at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, Ga., about 9 p.m. Sunday.
Concerns about a possible fire led Allegiant Air Flight 863 to make the landing.
Passengers learned there was a problem when a flight attendant announced that the plane was making an emergency landing.
A passenger said the jet made an “incredibly sudden stop” at the small airport.
Passengers were told to leave their belongings and slide down chutes that deployed at the front and back of the plane. All 155 passengers and six crew members exited safely.
“The pilots had an indication of a possible fire in the cargo hold,” Allegiant spokesman Brian Davis said. “In an abundance of caution, they made the decision to land and get everyone off the plane.”
It wasn't clear whether there had been a fire.
The passengers were taken to St. Petersburg on a bus, Davis said. Albany is about 340 miles north of the city.
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