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Allegiant Plane Gets Stuck Off Bellingham Taxiway

August 6, 2008

By John Stark, The Bellingham Herald, Wash.

Aug. 5–BELLINGHAM — A Las Vegas-bound Allegiant Air flight got stuck on a Bellingham International Airport taxiway Monday, Aug. 4, after the pilot made too wide a turn, putting the MD-80′s nose wheel into the dirt.

Port of Bellingham Aviation Director Art Choat said the mishap occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Airport staff escorted airline employees to the area to assist passengers in getting transferred onto another aircraft that Allegiant had parked here for the night.

The flight departed for Las Vegas at 6 p.m., Choat said.

Airline personnel eventually succeeded in getting the other plane back onto the pavement and got it back into service by replacing the nose wheel and a splashguard, Choat said. Nobody was injured

Airline spokeswoman Tyri Squyres said Allegiant is reviewing the incident.

A day earlier — Sunday, Aug. 3 — passengers arriving on an Allegiant flight from San Francisco at about 7:30 p.m. were briefly delayed by a security false alarm, Choat said.

Choat said the Transportation Security Administration received a report of potentially suspicious people on the flight, which had already arrived and discharged its passengers a few minutes before. Choat said law officers cordoned off the building and began checking identification of everyone who had departed from the San Francisco flight.

Passengers were allowed to leave after they were checked, Choat said.

By 8 p.m., Choat said, the individuals who were the subjects of the report were found, and by 9 p.m. it was determined they posed no threat and the report had been false.

In an e-mail message, Choat said security regulations prevented him from giving more details about the nature of the false alarm.

Reach John Stark at 715-2274 or john.stark@bellinghamherald.com

Reach JOHN STARK at john.stark@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2274.

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