DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9 & KCCI) -- Allegiant Airlines is facing backlash after a report blasted the airline for the number of mechanical problems it had between 2016 and 2017.
The "60 Minutes" report said Allegiant had three times as many in-flight mechanical problems as six competing airlines.The report said Allegiant flights had an alarming number of aborted take-offs, plus emergency and unscheduled landings.
Allegiant is an ultra-low cost airline, which has 99 planes that fly to 120 destinations. The Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Moline airports offer Allegiant flights.
The report says most of the problems involved aging planes that Allegiant has started to retire. Most are about 28 years old.
Even after hearing about these issues, some passengers at the Des Moines Airport said they would still fly with Allegiant.
"It's a little unsettling to read that there have been some mishaps. Does it stop me? No," Erna Morain of Waukee said.
"Nobody seems to be bothered by it. They were talking about it, so I assume most people saw it," Jim Bennett of Madrid said.
Allegiant responded by saying it hasn't had a fatal crash since 2001. After the report aired Sunday night, Allegiant's stock fell two percent on Monday.
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