'60 Minutes' Blasts Allegiant Air's Safety Record

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On Sunday evening, CBS "60 minutes" aired a scathing report, which found that Allegiant Air's planes had three times as many mechanical problems with flights as six competing airlines between January 2017 and October 2017.

CBS' 60 Minutes reported on an alleged string of unsafe issues aboard Allegiant Airlines flights such as aborted takeoffs, cabin pressure loss, emergency descents and unscheduled landings aboard aging aircraft in recent years.

"If "60 Minutes" had been interested in current information, they would have reported that today, according to just-released Department of Transportation data, Allegiant is a leader in reliability, with the second-lowest cancelation rate among all US airlines".

The Times examined the Las Vegas-based budget airlines safety record for 2015, finding that Allegiant made emergency landings at four times the rate of other US airlines.

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John Duncan, executive director of FAA's flight standards service, told 60 Minutes that the agency was satisfied with steps Allegiant took to remedy its mechanical problems.

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Allegiant Air, which provides flights to seven destinations via Lexington's Blue Grass Airport, is facing more scrutiny after a "60 Minutes" report Sunday questioned its already-shaky safety issues.

File - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, two Allegiant Air jets taxi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. 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. "They must adhere to FAA rules and regulations and it appears they continue to do that". It was found that more than 100 serious incidents have happened due to mechanical issues. Allegiant Air presently has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $164.36. The FAA exercises rigorous oversight of Allegiant, as they do all airlines operating in the United States. "We are disappointed yet again by another feeble attempt to damage the reputation of our hard-working team members and that of our company".

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The CBS story is just the latest examination of the carrier in recent years that has found significantly higher safety problems aboard Allegiant flights as compared to its rivals.

A separate statement sent by Allegiant Air to customers following the "60 Minutes" report calls the segment an "irresponsible, grossly misleading story", and says the report was instigated by a terminated employee who is suing the airline. "We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001".

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

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