Although Allegiant Air flies out of Rockford, Illinois, the local media has totally abdicated its responsibility to the public to report the continuing problems with Allegiant Air. I guess Rockford cares so much about having any “passenger” service that it does not want any adverse publicity for Allegiant Air. Well, let’s look at what has happened recently.
Allegiant Flight 904 to Kansas City leaving St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport had to abort a takeoff on February 25. According to a report, an engine failed on takeoff. Listen to the chilling report on Fox Channel 13 in Tampa. See http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/97628567-story
An aviation expert says about Allegiant “It’s an accident waiting to happen.” Listen to interview on Fox Channel 13 in Tampa. See http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/98130709-story
How can one fly this airline after listening to this interview?
A report by the Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition, which is working with the Teamster local representing pilots, said the Las Vegas airline continues to suffer from a “high rate” of preventable emergency landings, flight delays, aborted takeoffs and other issues — 98 from September 2015 to January. The coalition said 35 of those involved engine issues, including two catastrophic engine failures — a failure that causes an engine to partially break apart.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating Allegiant Air. The FAA confirmed that it is conducting an evaluation of Allegiant. The agency said the evaluation, known as the National Certificate Holder Evaluation, is performed on all airlines every five years, but Allegiant’s evaluation was moved up from 2018 to this month after a pair of high-profile incidents. See http://www.tbo.com/news/business/faa-investigating-allegiant-air-after-high-profile-incidents-20160428/
On April 28, an Allegiant Air flight landing in Arizona made an emergency landing after an engine failure. See http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/airlines/allegiant-air-flight-declares-emergency-in-phoenix-after-engine-failure/2275276
The Allegiant Air problems were first reported on Good Day Illinois on January 25, 2016, but local media has continued to ignore the issues.