Fire crews called out at Fargo's Hector International Airport to meet returning plane shortly after takeoff

(Fargo, ND) -- Airport fire crews were called out Monday night at Hector International in Fargo, after a plane returned to the airport shortly after taking off.   

"Because of the number of passengers on board they do then engage our partner, The City of Fargo, to come out and standby as well. But, officially the pilot did not declare an emergency, he just requested assistance," said Fargo Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein.

Dobberstein and officials with Allegiant Air say an indicator light in the cockpit of the plane came on shortly after take off, prompting the pilot to return the plane to the air field. The plane was checked out by mechanics before taking off later.

Officials with the airline says passengers were issued travel vouchers for the inconvenience.  

Original Air Date: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2023