Allegiant Jet Emergency Lands in South Carolina as Cabin Pressure Fails

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A passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing in South Carolina after the cabin began to depressurize, budget carrier Allegiant said Monday. The flight ran into trouble two hours into its journey from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Orlando, Florida, according to a statement. After the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft "began to depressurize...the pilots utilized their extensive training" to land at Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport airport, in South Carolina. None of the 159 people aboard were hurt — but some passengers posted pictures of themselves wearing oxygen masks deployed overhead in the cabin.

Allegiant said the flight was rescheduled for Monday. All passengers were provided with a hotel, refunded for that leg of the trip, and given a $200 voucher with the airline.


— Alexander Smith