UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A plane needing to make an emergency landing due to engine troubles has landed safely at the Rockford Airport.
The plane, Allegiant Flight #1671, was diverted to the Rockford Airport after fire officials say the pilot radioed in saying there was a suspected engine fire on the plane. The flight left the Rockford Airport around 5:00 p.m. and was initially bound for Punta Gorda, Florida before turning back to the Rockford Airport and landing safely. According to a flight tracker, it appears the flight turned back around near Mt. Morris.
According to the Rockford Fire Department, the plane did have engine damage although the cause of the damage is not known at this time.
Officials say nearly 140 people were on-board the flight and no injuries have been reported, although some passengers are shaken up by the incident. Further flight arrangements for the passengers are still unclear at this time.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The Rockford Fire Department says they are responding to a MABAS alarm at the Rockford Airport due to a possible engine fire on a plane.
According to officials with the Rockford Fire Department, the pilot of the plane radioed in saying there was a suspected fire on the plane. We're told that plane is being diverted to the Rockford Airport. It's believed more than 100 people may be on board the plane.
We have a crew headed to the scene and will update you on this developing story as we learn more.