Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Report raises questions about safety of Allegiant Air

Report raises questions about safety of Allegiant Air

During Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes on CBS, numerous problems that have plagued low-priced airline Allegiant Air throughout the years were highlighted in a segment that has caused major waves in the airline industry. Public documents show an alarming number of aborted takeoffs, unscheduled landings, and even smoke and fumes billowing inside the cabin, among others. While FAA's report on the incident faulted AAR, the agency also cited Allegiant for failing to provide adequate oversight of its vendor.

"I know that Allegiant has improved their safety issues over the years and are continuing to improve", he said. He said the message to other Allegiant pilots was "that you better not "waste" company resources in a conflict with safety", which he said seemed to indicate that the airline was putting economics over safety.

"I was taken aback that Allegiant's safety record is as poor as "60 Minutes" reported, but I don't think I can judge how or if it will impact their service at Stewart, " said Lou Heimbach, chairman of the Stewart Airport Commission.

Passengers getting ready to depart Punta Gorda said they were feeling somewhat wary, but still appreciative of what Allegiant has to offer.

And former Allegiant pilot Capt. Jason Kinzer went public for the first time with Contact 13 in November, 2015 after he was sacked for evacuating passengers during an incident when smoke was coming out of one of his engines.

"To me it's safer to fly allegiant today than it ever has been before because of all this additional scrutiny that's taking place". "60 Minutes" is owned by CBS (CBS), and has a significantly larger audience of about 12 million viewers per week, or about 4% of the US population.

We asked Fort Myers pilot Bo Gilham, who's been flying planes for 30 years, for his take on the allegations regarding Allegiant.

Allegiant Air shares continue to fall in the aftermath of a news report that is raising serious safety questions about the low-priced carrier.

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.

"The times [with Allegiant Air] were more convenient, [and] there were no connections".

Industry insiders told Contact 13 the discount airline was putting profit over passenger safety. "We as a board are obviously concerned about safety".

The report of "60 minutes" also highlights an incident involving Captain Jason Kinzer, who was sacked in 2015 because smoke was found in the cabin shortly after the take off (sources say).

A spokesperson for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport said, Allegiant is undergoing a plan to replace McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft with Airbus 319 and 320 models. To suggest that Allegiant would engage in the practice of asking team members to violate company and regulatory obligations is offensive and defamatory.

"Allegiant's team members safely operate thousands of flights each week, which will transport more than 14 million passengers this year".

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