New questions for Allegiant Air, FAA after "60 Minutes" investigation

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the top Democrat on the Senate transportation committee, is calling for an inspector general's review of the FAA's safety enforcement, sparked by a "60 Minutes" investigation of Allegiant Air.

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.

An Allegiant Airlines flight from Bellingham, Wash., to Las Vegas last October that was met by fire trucks upon landing has Port Alberni paper-mill employee Gary Check thinking twice about flying the low-priced carrier again. "In fact, Kinzer was terminated because he unnecessarily evacuated a plane "at great risk to the crew and passengers" even though there 'was no smoke, fire or an aircraft malfunction, ' and, during a post-flight investigation, he refused to 'acknowledge his mistakes, '" Gust said.

"The FAA is vigilant in scrutinizing the operations of all airlines and is prepared to act on new information brought to its attention from data, from inspectors' observations and findings, and from any reliable source about any carrier at any time", said the letter from Ali Bahrami, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety.

1, 2016 and the end of October 2017, more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including mid-air engine failures and flight control malfunctions Last July, Flight 533 experienced an engine issue on takeoff-caught on this video.

Allegiant media representatives released a testimonial by Capt. Steven Allen on Monday.

Allegiant Airlines is facing backlash after a report blasted the airline for the number of mechanical problems it had between 2016 and 2017.

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Gust, in his statement, said Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements, and that any suggestion that the airline muzzled employees "is offensive and defamatory". "So, there is no consistency".

He was ticketed on a 5:15 p.m. flight on Allegiant Air out of Stockton Metropolitan Airport to get there.

Allegiant began flying out of Stockton in 2006.

"I fly out of Stockton all the time to go into Vegas to play ball and never had any problems", said Phipps.

However, Surrey resident Laura Church, in an interview, said she experienced an emergency landing during a July 2015 Allegiant flight from Vegas to Bellingham that terrified her.

The flight was only in the air for about 10 minutes before turning back to Vegas, which Church said brought on a panic attack. The airline offers two weekly flights from St. Cloud to Mesa, Arizona.

In the first quarter, Las Vegas-based Allegiant had 3,279,368 scheduled passengers, up from 2,845,480 in the first quarter of past year.

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