Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

'60 Minutes' Report Questions Safety of Allegiant Air

'60 Minutes' Report Questions Safety of Allegiant Air

After the story ran, Allegiant issued a statement saying "incidents referenced are years old, and took place before our most recent, comprehensive FAA audit".

The report on the Las Vegas incident only came out because the FAA sent it to the Tampa Bay Times by mistake.

That was the question presented by a scathing CBS 60 Minutes report Sunday night that questioned whether the deep discount carrier is safe to fly.

No one reported to her experiences where the plane's cabin filled with smoke or emergency landings on Allegiant flights, but did recount lengthy delays where mechanics were working on the plane or waiting for parts. "We want this out in the full light of day and we want the FAA to crack down to make sure the airlines - all of them - are safe", he said. FAA officials told 60 Minutes the issues highlighted in the report had been addressed and fixed.

"True or false, that was 30 minutes of frightful publicity for Allegiant", Joseph DeNardi, an airline analyst for Stifel, said of the "60 Minutes" broadcast.

"Please, if the FAA watches this, please get involved!"

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"We believe that the efforts of Allegiant's workers to join together and speak with one voice is having a positive impact on the culture of safety at the airline". Church said the flight was delayed for three hours due to a maintenance issue, and when it did take off she could smell fuel in the air coming out of the overhead vents.

The employee was not identified, but CBS reports it may be Captain Jason Kinzer, who was sacked in 2015 six weeks after he turned a plane around due to smoke in the cabin.

"They're painting a very clear picture that your decision making, if it's not in the interest of profit, it's gonna result in your punishment, it's gonna result in you being terminated, it could result in the end of your career", Kinzer said.

"Despite Allegiant's high number of significant and repeated mechanical incidents, the investigation alleged the Federal Aviation Administration has not brought a single enforcement action against the company in three years", Markey and Blumenthal wrote. The 60 Minutes report claims the incident was left unreported. The first statement can be found here.

The Captain is the final authority to deem an aircraft ready for flight.

Annetta Ribken, a writer from Moscow Mills, Missouri, flew with Allegiant last July from MidAmerica to Las Vegas. The airline served about 1.4 percent of all airline passengers who traveled through Armstrong Airport in 2017. "I consistently sell Allegiant out of this office". We now don't have any group travel scheduled with Allegiant.

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When asked whether he had any concerns about the safety of taking Allegiant, Cantwell said, "Absolutely no concerns". "We are the same great company we've always been, with an outstanding safety record".

Others, however, weren't concerned about the report.

This story is slanderous, and it is irresponsible to both our passengers and our employees.

Allegiant is denying all of CBS' accusations. "I just wouldn't put their, their lives at risk".

I'm fond of a little caution when it comes to flying.

All of this made me feel queasy.

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