UPDATE: Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing at CHA
The plane has safely landed at the airport and passengers have been taken off the plane.
UPDATE: An Allegiant Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday morning at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport with reported engine problems.
Emergency crews from the airport and the Chattanooga Fire Department scrambled to prepare for the emergency landing.
The plane was able to land safely at the airport. There were 156 passengers plus crew members aboard the MD-80 aircraft.
Passengers tell Channel 3 they heard a loud pop after about an hour in the air and almost halfway through the flight. One passenger says after a few minutes the pilot announced they would be landing in Chattanooga.
The plane left Orlando Sanford International Airport Thursday morning, bound for Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Allegiant is sending in another plane at noon to fly the passengers to Cedar Rapids.
Passengers were taken inside the airport and their luggage was taken off the plane. Current plans are to fly them to their intended destination of Cedar Rapids on a replacement aircraft, scheduled to depart midday.