Allegiant Air had over 100 'serious mechanical incidents' in 2 years

  • Allegiant Air had over 100 'serious mechanical incidents' in 2 years

Allegiant Air had over 100 'serious mechanical incidents' in 2 years

Allegiant is now defending itself - calling the entire report "a misleading story". It said a pilot who was sacked after ordering an evacuation of a plane which was a focus of the report was not fired for putting passenger safety ahead of airline assets, as the report said, but because the airline determined he unnecessarily evacuated a plane "at great risk to the crew and passengers" even though there "was no smoke, fire, or an aircraft malfunction".

It highlights more than 100 serious mechanical incidents found in "service difficulty reports" filed by Allegiant with the Federal Aviation Administration between January 2016 and October 2017, including mid-air engine failures, smoke and fumes in the cabin, and flight control malfunctions.

They detailed incidents like cabin pressure loss, unscheduled landings, aborted takeoffs and emergency descents.

Allegiant Airlines denies that it is less safe than other airlines, and says safety is its top priority (Read full statement below).

The CBS story is just the latest examination of the carrier in recent years that has found significantly higher safety problems aboard Allegiant flights as compared to its rivals.

"My husband has flown Allegiant many times and said he had never had a problem, but I was still nervous after reading all the material slamming Allegiant for their safety record", Ribken said.

Annetta Ribken, a writer from Moscow Mills, Missouri, flew with Allegiant last July from MidAmerica to Las Vegas.

In a statement on Monday, Allegiant dismissed the claims in the CBS story as a "false narrative" and called any suggestions of intentional regulatory violations "offensive and defamatory".

In total, Allegiant has shed $293 million in market value, or about $2.4 billion, as a result of the 60 Minutes segment, which aired Sunday.

"CBS produced a one-sided narrative by cherry-picking interviews and ignoring publicly-available facts".

Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Allegiant Air (NASDAQ:ALGT) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report released on Thursday morning.

Some of the analysts who follow the stock said they agreed with the airline that the report overstated the extent of the problems.

"As it relates to operating Concord-Padgett Regional Airport, the City of Concord must meet FAA and TSA requirements for security and safety, and works closely with Allegiant and many other agencies to plan and prepare for potential responses to emergency situations". Our team members safely operate thousands of flights each week, which will transport more than 14 million passengers this year. We have safely carried almost 90 million passengers since beginning operations in 2001.

Allegiant's workforce is made up of more than 4,000 dedicated and hard-working people who wake up every day thinking about how to move our customers safely from one place to another.