Allegiant Flight Diverted to Fort Wayne After Reported Fire

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December 28, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 6:24 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - An Allegiant airplane flying from South Bend to Punta Gorda, Fla., was diverted to Fort Wayne International Airport on Friday after a fire was reported aboard the plane.

Shortly after take-off, a notification in the cockpit of Allegiant flight 959 indicated a fire in the cargo hold, according to Craig Williams of the Fort Wayne/Allen County Airport Authority.

The MD-80 jet landed safely, and all 149 passengers were safely evacuated, Williams says. The airport was closed to other air traffic during the incident. Operations have since resumed as normal.

"The company's first priority is to meet the needs of those who have been directly affected by this event," Allegiant said in a statement. "A team of specially trained employee volunteers, will be available to assist passengers."

Any flight 959 passengers needing assistance or additional information may contact the airlines at 1-888-393-3535

It is unclear whether there was a fire or not, but fire officials continue their investigation.

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