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Plane lands safely at JIA after pilot declares emergency

An Allegiant Air plane was diverted to Jacksonville after leaving Baltimore when the pilot declared an electronics emergency.

An Airbus 319 made an unexpected landing at the Jacksonville International Airport on Thursday after the pilot of the aircraft declared an emergency. 

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority confirmed that around 6:30 a.m., an Allegiant Air plane was diverted to Jacksonville after leaving Orlando en route to Central Illinois Regional Airport when the pilot declared an electronics emergency. 

Crews with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department staged on Barnstormer Road as the aircraft approached, standing ready in case they were needed. 

The aircraft was able to land safely and nobody on board was hurt.

"About 40 minutes after flight 2216 departed Orlando Sanford International Airport this morning, an indicator light came on in the flight deck," said Allegiant Air in a statement. "The pilot, out of an abundance of caution, decided to get it checked out. As is standard procedure, an emergency was declared and the flight diverted to Jacksonville."

Allegiant confirms that the plane landed normally and taxied to the gate under its own power. 

Passengers deplaned and a replacement plane was sent to finish the flight. 

Jacksonville is no stranger to Allegiant's issues.

 In June of 2016, a Jacksonville flight to Pittsburgh was delayed more than 18 hours.  In October, an Allegiant aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Jacksonville International Airport.

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