Senator wants review after '60 Minutes' report on Allegiant

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Nelson's request comes on the heels of a scathing report aired Sunday evening on CBS's "60 Minutes" that raised questions about the airline's safety record and the FAA's record of responding to it. The airline plans to retire all its MD-80s by the end of this year.

For years, USA -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.

"There isn't anything really that I heard last night on that segment that I haven't heard before", Plattsburgh International Airport Manager Chris Kreig said.

"We're sitting there in an aluminum tube with no escape if the guy putting fuel in the airplane had an accident or mistake and started a fire", he says.

All those passengers made it safely to Florida.

Hastert added that the airport has no problem with the airline's service to Santa Maria and is confident in its operation.

The view of Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, as an Allegiant plane descends into Pease International Airport.

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John Goglia, the former presidential appointee to the National Transport Safety Board, said the low-budget airline's record of 60 unscheduled landings and 46 in-flight emergencies was "very, very high for an airline of its size".

"It's inevitable that Allegiant's going to have a catastrophic failure that's going to get somebody hurt or killed", Riggs says.

In its statement, the FAA said that commercial aviation in the US operates at an "unprecedented" level of safety. "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. I urge you to specifically review all internal communications between the FAA and Allegiant to ensure that no efforts are being undertaken to impede a full and forthright investigation of the airline's maintenance and operational issues. CBS's 60 Minutes ran an investigation into Allegiant Air's history of in-air trouble and aborted take-offs.

In the meantime, they will continue to fly passengers from smaller airports to resort locations such as Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida. Hastert pointed out he had received only one complaint on Monday following the broadcast.

Ron Lopez was also boarding the flight from Stockton to Las Vegas Monday.

"To suggest that Allegiant would engage in the practice of asking team members to violate company and regulatory obligations is offensive and defamatory", Gust said.

The flight was only in the air for about 10 minutes before turning back to Vegas, which Church said brought on a panic attack.

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