Ohio-to-Fla. flight makes emergency landing in Pa.

May 27, 2011 - 5:28 AM

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An engine oil leak forced a flight from Ohio to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh with 141 Florida-bound passengers on board.

Allegiant Air spokeswoman Jordan McGee says a warning light about high oil temperature went on after the jet took off from Youngstown just before 7 p.m. Thursday. She tells The Vindicator newspaper of Youngstown that the pilot followed standard procedure and shut down the engine, declaring an emergency. The plane was diverted to Pittsburgh, where McGee says it landed safely about 30 minutes after takeoff.

She says maintenance crews confirmed that the engine was leaking oil, and the jet was grounded. Las Vegas-based Allegiant sent for another plane to take the passengers to their destination, Orlando.