‘60 Minutes’ Probe Questions Allegiant’s Safety Record Due to ‘Alarming Issues’

By Paul Riegler on 16 April 2018
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DSC_0505Is low-cost carrier Allegiant Air safe to fly on?

According to the CBS news program “60 Minutes,” which broadcast the conclusion of its seven-month investigation of the carrier Sunday night, many believe the answer is “no.”

The segment revealed the Summerlin, Nevada-based airline’s long history of aborted takeoffs and mid-flight incidents, citing an “alarming number” of issues in the period between January 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, and found more than 100 serious instances involving mechanical concerns.

Other alarming matters included a number of aborted takeoffs and multiple cases of cabin pressure loss, emergency descents, and unscheduled landings.

In replying to the story, Allegiant’s vice president of operations, Eric Gust, called the story “irresponsible” and “grossly misleading” in a letter to the airline’s customers, stating that “safety is at the core of every aspect of our operation, every day.” Gust further cites recent Department of Transportation data showing that Allegiant has the nation’s second-lowest cancellation rate for flights, although he does not explain how that correlates to safety.

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