Toledo passengers react to report about Allegiant Airlines

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O'Neill says he has confidence in Allegiant Air.

"I was just shocked that that kind of thing was allowed to go on", said Margaret Bodie of Port Clinton.

At Hagerstown International Airport in Maryland, an Allegiant flight conducted an emergency landing during takeoff after a flight attendant reported fumes that seemed like burning rubber.

"We're satisfied that - that we are- we are taking the appropriate actions with regard to Allegiant and every other carrier that we work with to make sure that those problems have been - have been appropriately dealt with", John Duncan, executive director of FAA's flight standards service, told "60 Minutes".

"I have had other people who have talked about this airline from the Modesto area and they have taken the flight and have had no problems", said Lopez.

Two years ago, the pilot of an Airbus bound for Stewart returned to St. Pete/Clearwater shortly after takeoff when he saw a slight drop in the hydraulic fluid level.

"We found little in the way of incrementally negative data points concerning Allegiant's operational challenges over the past few years", Joseph Denardi, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Co., wrote in a note to investors.

But Allegiant has been retiring those MD-80 planes, which frequently encounter service problems.

A request for comment from Allegiant Air was not immediately returned.

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According to its website, Allegiant Air has nearly 130 flights to and from destinations in the United States and Puerto Rico. One of our followers from the Toledo area said they experienced smoke in the cabin of a flight. According to Airfleets.net, the average age of Allegiant's fleet is 18.7 years.

"They don't have the number of mechanics", Goglia told "60 Minutes" for its report.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. He called the report's conclusion "reasonable", but said the airline is safe, otherwise the FAA would shut it down. In total, the airline flies to 120 destinations.

The "60 Minutes" piece has already sent the airline's shares plummeting, and Bociurkiw said it could shut the carrier down altogether.

"This story follows an unoriginal narrative based entirely off of outdated statistics, incidents that are years-old, and so-called "industry experts" - many of whom have not seen the inside of an airline's operations in years".

The employee was not identified, but CBS reports it may be Captain Jason Kinzer, who was sacked in 2015 six weeks after he turned a plane around due to smoke in the cabin. 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" or "demonstrate [] that he was capable of learning and growing from the event going forward".

The pilot involved in that incident is suing the airline for wrongful termination.

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