An Orlando bound flight made an emergency landing after there was a strange smell in the cabin. There was no smoke or any other sign of distress.
An Allegiant Air flight from South Bend to Orlando made an emergency landing at another Florida airport on Wednesday following reports of an unusual odor in the cabin.
Grey said the crew reported no smoke in the cabin and determined no evacuation was necessary. The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 jet, parked at the gate and passengers exited the aircraft. Grey said there were 166 passengers and six crew members on board.
Allegiant provided refreshments for passengers as well as meal vouchers and a new aircraft was brought in to resume the flight. The new aircraft left Jacksonville at 6:05 p.m. and landed at 6:29 p.m. in Orlando.
While there was no actual emergency, I think the right call was made. It’s so easy to criticize flights that make an emergency landing when there wasn’t an emergency, but the consequences to ignoring what seems to be a false alarm are pretty dire.
I’m sure it inconvenienced the travelers, but still think the crew should stick to their instincts.
What do you think?