Allegiant passengers make emergency landing

Allegiant passengers make emergency landing after engine gives out

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Passengers reported hearing a loud boom coming from the right side of the plane. Passengers reported hearing a loud boom coming from the right side of the plane.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Passengers on an Allegiant Air flight from Knoxville to St. Petersburg, Florida feel lucky to be alive to talk about some terrifying moments in the sky.

Shortly after they were in the air Monday afternoon, passengers reported hearing a loud boom coming from the right side of the plane.

Shortly after that, there was an emergency message from the pilot.

"The pilots came on and said the engine had failed. It was a mechanical failure. And we would need to do an earlier landing," described Martha McKeon, who was onboard the aircraft.

She was one among many who didn't know if they were going to live or die. McKeon began texting final messages to her two daughters.

"Telling her that I loved her and to take care of her sister," she said.

"Praying, reciting Bible verses, holding hands," McKeon said, describing what some of the other passengers were doing.

Finally, they were on the ground, and a few hours later they were put on another flight that made it safely to Florida.

"It won't happen twice to the same person, so it's the best time to fly," she said, when we asked her how she had the guts to get on another plane the same day.

A few passengers 6 News spoke to praised the good work the pilots did. They told us they gave them a standing ovation once they landed. The airline fed them pizzas and coke for what they had been through.

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