Air Allegiant's "60 minutes" report released after seven months

Randall Padilla
April 17, 2018

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. Between Jan. 2016 and October 2017, there were 60 unscheduled landings and 46 in-flight emergencies including an explosive engine incident last July.

Engine failures and smoke in the cabins. The FAA said none of the findings suggested inherent safety issues and declined to pursue any penalties or enforcement action.

A Washington Post analysis at the time found that Allegiant had about nine times as many "serious incidents" from January 2015 through March 2016 as Delta Air Lines, the second-largest United States carrier, despite Delta having flown about three times as many comparable planes in the period.

"I'm more nervous now".

"They just diagnosed her with Alzheimers so we wanted to spend some time with her while she could still know who we are", Wagner said.

CBS Reporter Steve Kroft: "The oxygen masks in the cabin didn't deploy". He called the report's conclusion "reasonable", but said the airline is safe, otherwise the FAA would shut it down. The mechanics and related personnel voted to join the Teamsters in March 2018 and have begun laying the groundwork for a first contract that will continue raising the standards for workers at Allegiant Air.

"The FAA has zero tolerance for intentional, reckless behavior, flagrant violations, or refusal to co-operate in corrective action by air carriers", it said in a statement, adding that it has "conducted ongoing evaluations of Allegiant's safety compliance, as it does with all carriers, and has not identified any significant or systemic problems with the carrier's current operation". Not only do we expect our team members to adhere to all company procedures and policies-including safety procedures-but many positions are subject to statutory and regulatory obligations. The story features cherry-picked interviews with people involved in the lawsuit, including featured comments from John Goglia, a paid plaintiff's witness presented by CBS as an unbiased industry expert. That pilot, Jason Kinzer, claims that he was wrongfully terminated after an evacuation. "We and everyone else depend on the FAA, the federal government, and the airlines to maintain a safe airline environment", Boyd stated.

"My husband has flown Allegiant many times and said he had never had a problem, but I was still nervous after reading all the material slamming Allegiant for their safety record", Ribken said.

You can see the full 60 Minutes report here. Most of the McDonnell Douglas birds were built some 30 years ago. We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.

However, the airline did send customers a letter from its vice president of operation Captain Eric Gust which attacked the 60 Minutes report and defended Allegiant's safety record.

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