Allegiant under fire after '60 Minutes' safety report

Allegiant plane in the air

Allegiant also disputes the "60 Minutes" report, saying it complies with all FAA requirements.

In its broadcast Sunday night, "60 Minutes" reported the Las Vegas-based airline experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including aborted takeoffs, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions, midair engine failures and emergency landings, between January 2016 and October 2017.

On Monday, it was business as usual for Allegiant Air, as it's morning flight from Las Vegas unloaded passengers at Springfield-Branson National Airport.

"Sometimes you get painted with a big broad brush, you know, they say Allegiant Airlines everybody thinks Allegiant everywhere, but we've had flawless runs here", said Manns.

The 60 Minutes report also reveals a pattern of troubling responses from Allegiant.

"The Teamsters Airline Division will continue to work with our members and Allegiant to ensure their safety and the safety of the flying public".

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".

In a prepared statement Monday, Captain Eric Gust, Allegiant's vice president of operations, said that "60 Minutes" aired a "false narrative" about Allegiant and the FAA, which he said exercises "rigorous oversight" of the airline. As of February 2, it operated 37 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 planes and 53 Airbus A319 and A320 jets.

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Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., asked the Transportation Department's inspector general to investigate FAA's handling of safety issues at the airline.

The report says most of the problems involved aging planes that Allegiant has started to retire.

For years, US -based Allegiant Air has been luring British Columbians south of the border with rock-bottom fares on flights between Bellingham, Wash. and destinations such as Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Riggs believes the mounting evidence is pointing to what could be a deadly mistake if Allegiant does not change its policies.

In 2015, the Tampa Bay Times said Allegiant planes were "four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major US airlines". Many of you said you've had good experiences with Allegiant.

However, locally, Allegiant's record of poor on-time performance and unhelpful customer service has caused some travel agents to steer clear of the airline.

FOX5's review of the 2016 CHEP documents show approximately 47 issues with Allegiant Air, 20 of which involve issues with training protocols. None of those incidents led to enforcement action from the FAA. The review didn't find "any systemic safety or regulatory problems", although it did identify "a number of less serious issues, which Allegiant addressed".

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