Allegiant Air passengers call ’60 Minutes’ report ‘alarming’

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is facing criticism following an investigation by “60 Minutes.” (WJAR)

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is facing criticism following an investigation by “60 Minutes.”

The investigation showed Allegiant flights experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents between January 2016 and October 2017.

The issues include aborted take-offs, rapid descents, unscheduled or emergency landings, malfunctions and engine failures.

Some passengers aboard Allegiant flights landing at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick Monday night told NBC 10 News that their flights weren’t problematic.

“I did have anxiety after seeing that, but everything went smooth,” Michelle Place said.

“On the way over we did have a delay -- a three-hour delay -- on Friday night. That was frustrating. We didn't get in until midnight.”

Other passengers who spoke with NBC 10 off-camera said they appreciated the professionalism with the staff. Besides the rainy weather, they said everything appeared to be OK.

However, some said they are thinking twice before boarding Allegiant again after watching the news report Sunday evening.

"I was alarmed at first,” Chris Vistamhel said, while Noelle Conachen said, “I'll totally reconsider. That's scary, especially with a baby.”

NBC 10 cameras were there in 2015 when an Allegiant flight from Florida to Maine was forced to land at T.F. Green. Passengers on the flight said they smelled smoke in the rear of the plane.

Allegiant’s vice president of operations, Capt. Eric Gust, issued a statement, saying that “safety is at the core of every aspect of our operation.”

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