Lawmaker calls for review of FAA after "60 Minutes" report

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In response to a “60 Minutes” investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of Allegiant Air, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, penned a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General Calvin Scovel calling for an investigation into the FAA’s enforcement actions. “The traveling public deserves to know whether the FAA is conducting thorough safety oversight of Allegiant. Anything less could lead to disastrous consequences,” Nelson wrote in the letter addressed to Scovel. 

In the “60 Minutes” report, correspondent Steve Kroft found that Allegiant Air had more than 100 serious mechanical incidents between January 1, 2016, and the end of October 2017. These issues include mid air engine failures, aborted takeoffs, rapid descents, and flight control malfunctions.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA), the “60 Minutes” team requested more than a year’s worth of reports from the FAA regarding Allegiant and seven other airlines. They received the corresponding documents from each of the airlines, except Allegiant, which refused to comply. 

Nelson specifically calls on the DOT to conduct a full audit review of the agency’s policies and communications with Allegiant.

“Given the critical implications your findings may have with regard to aviation safety, I urge you to expedite this review.  I appreciate your prompt attention to this request,” the senator wrote.

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