After '60 Minutes' report, MidAmerica director says Allegiant is safe to fly

Mae Love
April 17, 2018

FAA officials took no enforcement action against Allegiant and said they were satisfied that the airline was addressing problems found by inspectors.

Gust said it has come to the airline's attention that a terminated employee now engaged in a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the company instigated the report.

"The story is outdated, bears no resemblances to the Allegiant I know, and shows a real and troubling misunderstanding of the FAA's rigorous oversight of Allegiant and all USA airlines, which is truly the worldwide gold standard in transportation safety", Allegiant vice president of operations Eric Gust said in the statement.

In response to the investigation, Allegiant issued a statement on Sunday night, in which they called the report "grossly misleading" and noted that the story was instigated by a "terminated employee now involved in a lawsuit seeking money damages from the company". One case involved a former pilot who was sacked after making an emergency landing after smoke filled the cabin. He called the report's conclusion "reasonable", but said the airline is safe, otherwise the FAA would shut it down.

But the MidAmerica Airport director said Allegiant's reported incidents are rare. Between Jan. 2016 and October 2017, there were 60 unscheduled landings and 46 in-flight emergencies including an explosive engine incident last July.

Investigators with the news program found that between January 1, 2016 and October 2017, the Las Vegas airline experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including aborted takeoffs, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions and midair engine failures. The people, however, through social media have shown their active participation and have given their views too for the Air Allegiant that they won't be travelling in that aircraft. "There were no frills, but for the price of the tickets, we didn't expect any".

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Within the report, the 60 Minutes corespondent interviewed a man by the name of John Goglia who is an expert witness who testifies on aviation issues.

"As it relates to operating Concord-Padgett Regional Airport, the City of Concord must meet FAA and TSA requirements for security and safety, and works closely with Allegiant and many other agencies to plan and prepare for potential responses to emergency situations". Several anonymous, non-disciplinary reporting systems are available through Allegiant as well as through the FAA for team members to report safety concerns.

Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Allegiant Air (NASDAQ:ALGT) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report released on Thursday morning.

Another one of the claims Allegiant made was that CBS was working with old information.

For the lengthy piece, Allegiant provided a statement from Vice President of Operations, Eric Gust.

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