Allegiant flight returns to Eastern Iowa Airport after smoke reported in cockpit

Published: Jul. 4, 2018 at 12:47 PM CDT
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An Allegiant Airlines flight from the Eastern Iowa Airport to Mesa/Phoenix had to turn around and come back to Cedar Rapids after a report of smoke in the cockpit, according to an airport spokesperson.

The plane landed safely and all on board are safe, according to the spokesperson. Authorities have not yet said what caused the problem in the cockpit.

Allegiant released the following statement:

In April,

for the number of mechanical problems it had between 2016 and 2017.

The "60 Minutes" report said Allegiant had three times as many in-flight mechanical problems as six competing airlines.The report said Allegiant flights had an alarming number of aborted take-offs, plus emergency and unscheduled landings.