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Allegiant forced to make emergency landing in FL

Posted at 11:34 AM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 14:35:57-04

Severe turbulence forced an Allegiant flight to make an emergency landing on Thursday. 

It happened on a flight to Punta Cana from Pittsburgh. The plane encountered turbulence over the Bahamas and was forced to land in Florida.

137 passengers and 6 crew members were on board. 7 people were injured. None of the injuries were life threatening.

The incident comes at a time when Allegiant Air is under major scrutiny. Hundreds of pilots have threatened to quit saying the airline cuts corners and overworks its staff.

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Just 24 hours earlier, turbulence hit an Ethihad flight to Jakarta. Passengers posted pictures of the damage, including a cracked ceiling and aisles littered with debris.