Allegiant Airlines fires back after 60 Minutes report calls into question aircraft safety


Allegiant Airlines, a Las Vegas-based company, is under fire again after a "60 Minutes" report Sunday night claimed the airline has an alarmingly high rate of mechanical malfunctions.

CBS' "60 Minutes" report said their 7-month investigation revealed that between January 2016 and October 2017, the airline had at least 100 reports of serious mechanical incidents and mid-air malfunctions.

Their conclusion: Allegiant planes are three times more likely to have a mid-air breakdown then other major airlines.

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On Monday morning, Allegiant fired back in a statement, calling the "60 Minutes" report a false and one-sided narrative.

That 60 Minutes report also called into question the FAA, suggesting the agency has taken a passive approach when it comes to Allegiant.

The FAA also fired back, releasing this statement:

Here at News 3, we've reported on a number of problems involving Allegiant aircraft. In October 2015, the right engine on Allegiant flight 516 caught fire with 160 people on board. And in December 2015, an Allegiant plane carrying passengers bound for Las Vegas slid off of an icy runway.

Aviation expert Reed Yadon is says what's happening with Allegiant is to be expected.

"The key problem is it's an older fleet, and when you have an older fleet of airplanes, more things happen to them, and they happen more frequently," Yadon said in a 2015 interview.

That 60 Minutes report has started a firestorm on social media, with many people saying they don't care how cheap the tickets are -- they don't want to fly Allegiant after watching it.

But it's important to note Allegiant says they've made changes and upgraded their airplanes. Allegiant also plans to retire all of their older model aircrafts by November of 2018.

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