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On April 15th 2018, CBS News 60 MINUTES featured a two-part investigation into the safety record of one of the country’s most profitable airlines, Allegiant Air, a small, ultra-low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas. Over the course of seven months, correspondent Steve Kroft and his producers analyzed hundreds of federal aviation documents and interviewed pilots, mechanics and industry experts for a report that raised disturbing questions about the safety of Allegiant’s fleet. Although Allegiant flies less than 100 planes, our investigation found that over a 20-month period, the airline experienced over 100 serious mechanical problems, including mid-air engine failures, cabin depressurization, smoke in the cabin, flight control malfunctions, hydraulic leaks and aborted take-offs. The incidents forced Allegiant pilots to declare 46 in-flight emergencies and 60 unscheduled landings. Our expert sources said this was a remarkably high number of incidents for an airline this size.
"A four-month investigation by KSTP-TV found the engines in many of the (Minnesota National Guard) choppers are crippled with faulty or defective parts. Our stories discovered the US Army has known about the problems for years but chose to save money by cutting corners on maintenance and ultimately compromising the safety of the engines and putting pilots at risk nationwide.... The Army's maintenance policy was flawed and it resulted in hundreds of in-flight emergencies and crashes nationwide."