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Plane almost runs out of fuel as frantic pilot tries to land at closed airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking answers from Allegiant Air about why one of its planes, carrying 144 passengers, nearly ran out of fuel before making an emergency landing in Fargo, North Dakota.

Not only was the plane low on fuel, but its pilots also apparently didn’t know their destination, Fargo’s Hector International Airport, had been temporarily closed last Thursday to allow the Navy Blue Angels flying team to practice.

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In an audio captured by LiveATC.net, an air traffic controller can be heard telling an Allegiant pilot that the cockpit crew should have known about the closure, which had been scheduled “for months.”

When the control tower suggested that the plane, which was arriving from Las Vegas, should land elsewhere, the pilot responded that in “three to four minutes” the plane would have “bingo” fuel, meaning it would be out of fuel.

“We don’t have enough fuel to go anywhere else,” the pilot said with panic in his voice.

See the full story from the Tampa Bay Times here.

'Disturbance' forces United Airlines flight to return to Washington

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A United Airlines flight was forced to head back to Dulles International Airport near Washington shortly after takeoff Monday night due to an onboard "disturbance," an airport spokeswoman said.

KMGH-TV reported that a passenger aboard Flight 1074 to Denver "failed to comply with crew instructions," according to a United statement. After the Boeing 737 returned to Dulles about 10:40 p.m., law enforcement officials detained the passenger, who was then taken to the hospital, airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs said.

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A passenger told KMGH that a man had tried to rush the cockpit. An unverified video and photos posted to website Reddit appeared to show a man being subdued, the Washington Post reported.

Gibbs said officials found no weapons, and none of the flight's 33 passengers was hurt in the incident. 

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11 presumed dead after Army helicopter crashes in Florida Panhandle

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Seven Marines and four soldiers are presumed dead after an Army helicopter crashed Tuesday night during a training exercise at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base, The Associated Press reports

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Must-see: Delta flight with only 2 passengers travels from Cleveland to New York (PHOTOS)

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Best. Flight. Ever.

A Delta Air Lines plane headed from Cleveland to New York was scheduled to leave at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 12. That trip was canceled, leaving Chris O’Leary of New York on a 9:39 a.m. flight. But Delta delayed that trip and rebooked most of the passengers onto other flights. However, O'Leary had returned to his hotel and missed those chances.

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When he came back to the airport, he was put aboard a plane with no other passengers. “Got a personal safety briefing from my two flight attendants," O’Leary tweeted before the plane left. 

A few minutes later, another message said, “The thrill is gone, you guys. Just as we were about to push back, they reconnected the jet bridge to let a second passenger on the flight."

Chris told ABC News that the two didn’t talk. 

We’re all accustomed to full flights, but when planes are needed in other cities for connections, they do sometimes fly with reduced crowds.

Click here or scroll down to see O'Leary's tweets from the trip.

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