Allegiant Air faces bumpy air after CBS report

Allegiant Air faces bumpy air after CBS report

- Shares of Allegiant Travel Co. slid 3 percent Monday after a "60 Minutes" report Sunday night about mid-air breakdowns and other safety problems.

"We found more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including mid-air engine failures, smoke and fumes in the cabin, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions, hydraulic leaks and aborted take-offs", Kroft said.

But Allegiant has been retiring those MD-80 planes, which frequently encounter service problems.

We checked on that project with a Charlotte County spokesman who said Allegiant has not yet submitted a site plan for review.

However, Surrey resident Laura Church, in an interview, said she experienced an emergency landing during a July 2015 Allegiant flight from Vegas to Bellingham that terrified her.

In a written response sent to KELO.com News, Allegiant says the "star" source in the report is highly suspect.

A 60 Minutes investigation into Allegiant Air has many anxious about the safety of the airliner, but a Greater Cincinnati Area flying expert says the report doesn't paint the whole picture. "60 Minutes" said Allegiant is three-and-a-half times more likely to have serious mechanical problems than other USA airlines.

Then, on April 15, 2018, 60 Minutes aired the full segment on Allegiant, which, in addition to expanding on the litany of safety issues plaguing the Company, further revealed that "Allegiant's maintenance department tries to talk pilots out of reporting problems with their aircraft to avoid delays and keep the planes moving".

Allegiant's record of breakdowns appears related partly to the age of its fleet, particularly its MD-80 planes, which are almost 28 years old on average and require more maintenance than newer planes.

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The pilot says he is "extremely confident" in the airline's safety.

An official from inside the Quad City International Airport confirms those same models fly in and out of Moline.

The page-long statement went on to say in part, "Allegiant's team members safely operate thousands of flights each week, which will transport more than 14 million passengers this year".

But Zachary Gaul said he had a good experience flying Allegiant.

The FAA has also responded to the investigation, defending its safety standards and practices.

The airline has offered flights from Owensboro to Orlando-Sanford, Florida, since mid-February 2009.

"I would think that we might have a little bit of passenger loss in the first week or two, but over time I think when more of the story comes out, I think more passengers will feel comfortable to fly with Allegiant again", Hastert said. It also took aim at the FAA for failing to take action against Allegiant.

"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. Airport Manager Bob Whitmer tells us, they've had no incidents with Allegiant.

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