Allegiant Air investigation

Allegiant jets 4 times more likely to fail in flight

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WFXB) – An investigation found that Allegiant Air’s aircrafts are four times more likely to fail during flight compared to those operated by other US airlines, according to a report from The Tampa Bay Times

in 2015, Allegiant jets were forced to make unexpected landings at least 77 times for serious mechanical failures, Federal Aviation records show.

The findings also show that Allegiant’s jets are, on average, 22-years-old. The average age of planes flown by other carriers is 12. Experts say planes as old as Allegiant’s require the most rigorous maintenance in the industry, but Allegiant doesn’t staff its own mechanics at 107 of the 118 airports it flies to.