Allegiant Airlines Under Fire After '60 Minutes' Investigation

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"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 USA airlines".

Correspondent, Steve Kroft found between January 1st, 2016 and the end of last October, Allegiant had more than 100 serious mechanical incidents.

Allegiant Airlines strongly disputes the nationally broadcast report that it has three times the safety problems of competing airlines. It was this model that was the focus of a CBS 60 Minutes investigation which said the mechanical track record is very concerning.

You probably have used this airline to save money, but a bombshell report says it could be one of the most unsafe airlines in the country. The five, who were interviewed on camera, detailed experiences ranging from disappointment to anger to trauma.

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 United States airlines.

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CBS isn't the first to raise questions about Allegiant's safety record.

"I want to tell you personally that I am outraged and astounded by the irresponsible, grossly misleading story aired by CBS 60 minutes", Gust said in a statement to customers.

Allegiant said it is "offensive" to imply the company would ask anyone to operate an unsafe aircraft.

John Cox, a former airline pilot and now a safety consultant, said the FAA needs to examine the safety culture at Allegiant, but he dismissed the notion among FAA critics that the agency lets airlines police themselves. The MD-80, according to the report, makes up 30 percent of the Allegiant fleet, and most of those planes were bought "second-hand from foreign airlines".

The segment took OWB Regional Airport's staff by surprise.

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O'Neill says he has confidence in Allegiant Air.

83 people work at the Punta Gorda Airport, so a lot is riding on the success of the airline for families in Southwest Florida. "Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs to ensure we operate at the highest possible standard". Most consumers compare prices when shopping for an airline ticket, and Allegiant has some of the cheapest fares around.

Donnellan's scheduled trip was the final scheduled Allegiant flight to ever go to Santa Rosa.

"I have had other people who have talked about this airline from the Modesto area and they have taken the flight and have had no problems", said Lopez. Since that story aired, the airline has come under fire. None of those incidents led to enforcement action from the FAA. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., called for an investigation into the FAA's handling of safety-related incidents involving Allegiant Air.

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