Senator wants review after '60 Minutes' report on Allegiant

Senator wants review after '60 Minutes' report on Allegiant

Senator wants review after '60 Minutes' report on Allegiant

Sixty Minutes checked FAA reports and found more than 100 serious mechanical incidents between January of 2016 and October of 2017.

During the 30-minute story, CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft reported over the last three years, Allegiant has suffered a series of aborted takeoffs, cabin pressure loss, emergency descents, and unscheduled landings.

Passengers lined up for flights on Allegiant Air from Pittsburgh on Monday, and some were nervous after a CBS "60 Minutes" report on Sunday night.

But an investigation by CBS's "60 Minutes," alleges fliers might be paying in safety for what they're saving in costs.

The Las Vegas-based company reported that last month, it had 1,356,305 scheduled passengers, up from 1,143,571 in March of 2017.

Allegiant says it began making necessary changes after a federal investigation in 2015.

Passengers shouldn't worry too much if they fly one of Allegiant's newer planes, Weinkrantz said.

There wasn't an incoming or departing Allegiant flight at the time, but passengers who saw the report said, it shook them.

According to Business Insider, today Allegiant Air sent customers a letter from its vice president of operations, Eric Gust (the same person who provided the bland statement above to 60 minutes) that said, "I want to tell you personally that I am outraged and astounded by the irresponsible, grossly misleading story aired by CBS 60 Minutes", Gust said in the letter".

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Allegiant operates daily flights from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas along with seasonal flights to Los Angeles, Orlando and Destin. The company is now in the process of phasing out some of its older planes, such as the MD-80 that are known for having more mechanical issues than others.

"The number of in-flight incidents that Allegiant has had speaks volumes, it is simply unacceptable", Alan Price, a former chief pilot for Delta Air Lines, said.

Shares of Allegiant fell almost 9% dive on Friday, and shares fell another 2% in Monday.

In 2015, the Tampa Bay Times said Allegiant planes were "four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major USA airlines".

O'Neill says MD-80s haven't flown in and out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway in more than a year after the airport underwent a full transition.

US Representative Charlie Crist, a Florida Democrat, wrote separately to the Transportation Department, demanding the agency "take action to improve passenger safety", as well as to hold Allegiant accountable for past safety failures.

"Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programmes to ensure we operate to the highest standards".

FOX5's review of the 2016 CHEP documents show approximately 47 issues with Allegiant Air, 20 of which involve issues with training protocols. "They walk a few times across the airplane to see if everything's OK", he said.

"Had we identified such problems, the FAA would have taken immediate action", the statement read.

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