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Allegiant Air under fire after '60 Minutes' safety report

LAS VEGAS (AP/WCBD) - The low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is under fire following a "60 Minutes" investigation that is raising significant safety concerns.
    
Investigators with the news program found that between Jan. 1, 2016 and October 2017, the Las Vegas airline experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including aborted takeoffs, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions and midair engine failures.
    
More than a year's worth of Federal Aviation Administration reports for Allegiant and seven other airlines show that the carrier was on average nearly three and a half times more likely to have a midair breakdown than Delta, United, American, Spirit, or JetBlue.
    
Early attempts to secure comment from Allegiant were unsuccessful Monday.
    
In January, the low-cost airline announced it was adding three new nonstop seasonal routes to Charleston beginning April 2018.

Fares for the flights from Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh start as low as $48.

"We're thrilled to bring our unique brand of ultra-low-cost, nonstop travel to Charleston," said Lukas Johnson, Allegiant senior vice president of commercial said in January.  "Charleston offers beautiful scenery and authentic Southern charm that we know our passengers will enjoy, and we're excited to be the new carrier of choice to this amazing city."

Shares of parent company Allegiant Travel Co. are plunging 13 percent before the opening bell.

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