Flight to Youngstown diverted, another to FL canceled

An Allegiant flight, headed to Youngstown, makes an emergency landing in Florida on Christmas Eve.


VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown-bound flight was diverted safely to Jacksonville International Airport Thursday evening, and another flight scheduled to depart from Youngstown and arrive in Orlando was cancelled.

Flight 606 took off at 3:54 Thursday afternoon. It was 20,000 feet in the air over Georgia, going 421 miles per hour just 35 minutes into the flight, when an indicator light went off in the cockpit.

The Allegiant Air Flight 606 from Orlando to Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport took off at 3:54 Thursday afternoon. It was 20,000 feet in the air over Georgia, going 421 miles per hour just 35 minutes into the flight, when an indicator light went off in the cockpit.

The pilot declared an emergency and turned the plane around. It landed safely around 5:15 p.m. with 141 passengers and six crew members on board, according to a representative with JIA. The aircraft is being inspected to determine why the light went on.

A replacement aircraft arrived to pick them up and landed in Youngstown just after 10:30 p.m.

The next step was to see if Allegiant could fix the plane or send another one to load the next group of passengers, who were waiting to go to Florida on the same plane.

Those waiting at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport were frustrated.

“I’ve never been away for Christmas, and I didn’t know I was going to spend most of the evening in an airport,” said Carol Reinard, who drove 120 miles from central Pennsylvania and arrived at the airport around 12:30.

Kimmy Smith, from Geneva, Ohio, picked Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport because it was cheaper to fly to Orlando.

“Been here for about six hours, waiting for a flight out, postponed, postponed, and now it’s cancelled for the night,” she said. “Merry Christmas.”

Robert Lengyel was waiting to catch his second flight ever. He was going to see family, and the delay was affecting them as well.

“I’ve been contacting them, keeping them updated on when they’re supposed to pick me up at the airport.”

Unfortunately, that won’t be tonight. According to an announcement over the intercom at the airport, the flight that was scheduled to depart from Youngstown and arrive in Orlando has been cancelled.

The plane’s delay will lead to a delay in Christmas celebrations, but even on a difficult night, a small glimmer of Christmas spirit was still around.

“We were going to catch a ride with Santa when he was going by,” Reinard said. “That might be a little faster.”

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