An Allegiant Air flight declared an emergency before making a safe landing at McGhee Tyson Airport Thursday afternoon, an FAA spokesperson confirmed to 10News.

Allegiant Air 887, an MD-80 aircraft, was making the inaugural flight on Allegiant's new direct route from Newark Liberty International Airport to Knoxville.

The FAA said the plane declared an emergency and reported a hydraulic issue.

A spokesperson for Allegiant told WBIR 10News there was an "indicator" in flight, so the crew asked emergency vehicles to meet the plane upon landing out of an "abundance of caution."

The plane landed safely around 2:10 p.m. There were 79 passengers and six crew members on board.

Thursday was the first day of Allegiant's direct flights between Newark and McGhee Tyson.

Allegiant spokesperson Hillary Gray told WBIR 10News this was the inaugural flight from Newark to land in Knoxville. The first flight from Knoxville to Newark departed around 9 a.m. Thursday.

The new route will operate three times weekly.