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Local flyers react to report about Allegiant Air's safety

17 April, 2018, 18:35 | Author: Melinda Barton
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"Yet for the most part, Allegiant's difficulties have managed to stay under the radar of the flying public".

The CBS program 60 Minutes reported Sunday that Allegiant had more than 100 mechanical issues from January 2016 to October 2017.

During the investigation, Kroft spoke to several passengers who had travelled onboard Allegiant Air flights.

Allegiant Air's planes are three and half times more likely to have mid-air mechanical failures than American, Delta, United, JetBlue, and Spirit Airlines. The first two planes never left McCarran International Airport.

"Oh God! You know, what are we gonna', this is our only way home". "That was going on", Wagner said. "And in that time it has flown literally hundreds of thousands of people from the area". The pilot later said he believed the plane would have crashed if it had become airborne. She smelled what she thought might be hydraulic fluid.

"And there was smoke in the cabin and fire coming out of that engine", said Mercedes Weller, who was on board.

Across the country, "60 Minutes" heard very similar stories.

"I do prefer to fly out of Rockford, but also I like to stay safe", said Allegiant flyer Debbie Rosales.

Customer Brian Donnellan did not have his flight rescheduled.

On Monday, we spoke with Allegiant passengers in St. Pete. He said the cancellation forced him to rent a auto and drive home to be with his family.

"To that end, we welcome any outside review of our safety oversight system, and we welcome the opportunity to present a complete and accurate picture of how that system works". "That to us is a red flag". The 60 Minutes report claims the incident was left unreported. Would it affect your decision to fly on Allegiant? It included charges from the head of the union representing Allegiant's pilots that the carrier discourages pilots from reporting maintenance problems. And that's just for speaking up about concerns.

Other airlines at the airport include Via Air, which flies to eight destinations in the USA, and Surinam Air, which travels to Aruba, Guyana and Surinam.

The attention on Allegiant has also renewed questions about the FAA's performance.

Allegiant's stock has taken a blow since the segment aired on Sunday. Police said the employees sold items, like guns and luxury handbags, to a pawn shop. There have been far too many aborted takeoffs, inflight mechanical problems and emergency landings involving Allegiant planes in recent years.

Allegiant operates daily flights from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas along with seasonal flights to Los Angeles, Orlando and Destin.

The FAA on April 13 said it "has not identified any significant or systemic problems with Allegiant's current operation". "Allegiant is very important to us". "The FAA has zero tolerance for intentional, reckless behavior, flagrant violations, or refusal to cooperate in corrective action by air carriers". "I consistently sell Allegiant out of this office".

According to 60 Minutes, 30% of Allegiant planes are older MD80s that were purchased second-hand from foreign airlines.

After that and comparing experiences with other passengers, "I'm saying, 'Yeah, maybe it's time to pay a little more and go with another carrier, ' " he said.

Additionally, he says the FAA may make a few changes as well. "They must adhere to FAA rules and regulations and it appears they continue to do that".


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