Allegiant Air had over 100 'serious mechanical incidents' in 2 years

17 April, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • 60 Minutes’ Report Takes Aim at Allegiant Air

The correspondent, Steve Kroft, reported that in an overtime segment of the "60 minute" report, he and his team did not get any kind cooperation from either the Allegiant or the FAA in the beginning of the reporting.

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

Many Allegiant Airline passengers are concerned after a CBS News 60 Minutes investigation reported the airline has been flying under the radar when it comes to safety.

Loretta Alkalay, who spent 30 years at the FAA, told 60 Minutes she would never fly with Allegiant. So far, Allegiant has not disputed that part of 60 Minutes' report. The five, who were interviewed on camera, detailed experiences ranging from disappointment to anger to trauma.

Responding to growing pressure on its regulation of Allegiant, the FAA said it was "committed to pursuing the highest level of aviation safety".

Allegiant Air is fighting to reassure travelers and protect its reputation after renewed questions about safety at the low-priced carrier.

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

He says he emailed Allegiant after Sunday night's report, asking the company to either guarantee the safety of his flight or refund his ticket.

"It is unfortunate and disappointing that CBS" "60 Minutes' has chosen to air a false narrative about Allegiant and the FAA", Allegiant vice president of operations Eric Gust said. As of February 2, Allegiant operated 37 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 planes and 53 Airbus A320 jets.

Riggs believes the mounting evidence is pointing to what could be a deadly mistake if Allegiant does not change its policies.

Allegiant, which is based in Las Vegas, did not participate in the program, but it issued a statement afterward.

Davis added that he wouldn't put any client on a flight to Allegiant if he thought the airline was incompetent or unsafe.

"It focused primarily on events of several years past, prior to the FAA's most recent comprehensive audit of Allegiant Air, which revealed no systematic or regulatory deficiencies", Gust said.

Lisa Cozzolino started to panic as Allegiant Air Flight 844 circled over Pinellas County, burning off fuel for an emergency landing.

"We had one just 12 months ago on United Airlines for $435,000 for operating air crafts that were considered not air worthy".

In 2015, the Tampa Bay Times said Allegiant planes were "four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major US airlines". According to, a service that tracks aircraft owned by airlines, the average age of the MD-80s that Allegiant still operates is 28.2 years old.

"Had we identified such problems, the FAA would have taken immediate action", the statement read. He explained since those incidents, Allegiant has made improvements.


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