Biloxi-bound jet seized after legal dispute

By The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of passengers headed to a casino in Biloxi, Miss., were out of luck after their jet was pulled off the runway because of a legal dispute.

The 130 passengers were scheduled to travel from St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport on Monday to Gulfport, Miss., for a three-day and four-night trip at the Beau Rivage Casino.

The Tampa Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13dQgE2) the seizure stemmed from a dispute between Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines and CTS Engines of Fort Lauderdale. Vision Airlines officials say the engine company claims in a lawsuit filed in Broward County that the airline owes it around $75,000.

On Dec. 19, the company filed to have the lawsuit dismissed but a few days later, a judge in Broward County signed an order allowing the jet to be seized.