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Allegiant Lands Early Due To Faulty Fuel Gauge.

Discussion in 'Latest Airline Incidents' started by Edward Jeszka, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Edward Jeszka

    Edward Jeszka Hangar Gold Member I

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    Allegiant flight to Las Vegas diverts to airport in Utah
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    LAS VEGAS (AP) - An Allegiant Air flight from Bismarck, North Dakota, made an unscheduled stop about 120 miles short of its Las Vegas destination, diverting to an airport in southern Utah for what the airline described on Tuesday as a possible maintenance issue.

    Crew members reported a faulty fuel gauge, an airport official at St. George Regional Airport said.

    No emergency was declared, but the interrupted flight became the latest incident involving the low-cost carrier that caters to vacation travelers.

    An Allegiant flight aborted takeoff three weeks ago when the nose lifted prematurely while the aircraft hurtled down a Las Vegas runway, and another Allegiant flight made an emergency landing July 23 at a closed airport in Fargo, North Dakota, after company executives piloting the aircraft reported they were nearly out of fuel.

    Flight 487 landed safely in Monday at 7:12 p.m. MDT in St. George, a statement from the Las Vegas-based airline said. The MD-83 jet had 141 passengers and six crew members aboard.

    Brad Kitchen, airport operations supervisor in St. George, said he arranged for about 35 passengers to take a shuttle bus to Las Vegas. Other passengers waited in the terminal for another aircraft to arrive to fly them the short 30-minute flight to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Kitchen said.

    Allegiant said the flight arrived at 12:03 a.m., and baggage was being brought Tuesday to Las Vegas. Passengers were offered $100 vouchers for future travel, the airline said.

    A Federal Aviation Administration official said he had no information about Monday's landing.

    The FAA is investigating the aborted Aug. 17 takeoff at McCarran of an MD-83 bound for Peoria, Illinois. The aircraft returned safely to the gate, and no injuries were reported.

    An initial probe found that a nut fell off a crucial component, causing a control surface to jam in the up position, the FAA said. That raised the nose as the aircraft accelerated down the runway.

    In July, two Allegiant executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant MD-80 jet that made the emergency landing at Hector International Airport in Fargo. The air field had been closed for an air show.

    The airline said 144 passengers departed late from Las Vegas because a passenger had a medical emergency and had to be taken to a hospital.

    The Las Vegas-based airline, a unit of Allegiant Travel Co., said it was cooperating with FAA investigators.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/allegiant-flight-las-vegas-diverts-airport-utah
     
  2. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Accident waiting to happen! They should be grounded. US version of Air India. Fuel gauge prob? Were the tanks empty again? Sounds like Horse Crap on Rye bread to me! Nut loose here, Nut loose there, Nut loose if ya fly on THEM!
     
  3. Exuma Guy

    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    Agree- something smells bad about this explanation.
     
  4. Exuma Guy

    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    First post timed-out before I could finish the editing. Here's the rest-

    Consider the pilot group. They are not happy about the maintenance at Allegiant. In any large group of pilots, a few will be hard-core anti-management. They will be the ones that call for the others to stop doing favors for the airline until the situation improves. They will be the first ones to start grounding airplanes on every little technical fault. They remind management that disgruntled pilots can drain profits quickly. Improper maintenance is an easy issue for the rest of the pilot group to join the hard-liners. I expect there will be a rash of similar events in the near future at Allegiant.
     
  5. Everett 757

    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VI

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    Yeah, there is getting to be more and more of these 'incidents' at Allegiant.
     
  6. Orca17

    Orca17 Hangar Bronze Member VI

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    Possible maintenance issue? On Allegiant? Surely you jest.
     
  7. Exuma Guy

    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    A fuel gauge issue on an MD-80 has the remote possibility of being a major problem. In my 2600 hours on the type, I had 2 major fuel issues (running out NOT being one of them).
     
  8. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ....the signs are there......tick....tick...tick
    ....
     
  9. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    At Allegient, MRO is an acronym for "More Revenue Overhead". :eek:
     
  10. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ....They are really exhibiting signs of a breakdown in safe operations. In the past before lawyers took over the FAA, a team would have gone in for
    an inspection of this airline before a major accident.

    However FAA is reactive and will respond to the usual suspects and accepted political statements when everyone gets killed!

    A DISGRACE, to say the least!
     
  11. Everett 757

    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VI

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    It's so sad when it comes to safety issues that it has become more of a "reactive" than "proactive" issue. It's like letting the horse escape out of the barn by leaving the door open, then spend millions trying to figure out WHY the horse got out. o_O
     
  12. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Totally agree.....the FAA does nothing to prevent anything anymore!
     
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    All that the FAA has to do to know what is going on at Allegiant is read the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Since the airline is based here, they are all over anything that happens with the airline.
     
  14. Lord Leighton

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    Good, at least someone does. I'm sure the media there would be all over anything that could be a potential threat to "tourism". It's a home based 3rd world airline. Imagine having to be any of the flight crew.
     
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    Allegiance sounds like an airline flying in the Congo! :mad:
     
  16. Warren G. Webb

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    Those millions will go to trying to determine the friction on the hinges instead of the more obvious cause.
     
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    Irish MD-11 Hangar Bronze Member V

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    Allegiant(with whom I've never flown, and will probably never do) reminds me of the Irish Railways (Ianrod na hEireann in Gaelic) during the 70s and 80s were like, constant breakdowns:(. Mind you I'd prefer a breakdown on raiiway tracks than in the air!
    Luckily they've since got their act together with new/modern rolling stock:)...
    Irish MD-11
     
  18. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    They musta used "Lucas" electrical components back then! ;)
     
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    According to Rodney Stich (Famous Author and former FAA employee/whistleblower, Airline pilot, Navy pilot), This FAA M.O. was embedded decades ago.
     
  20. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ...Rodney was a true Whistleblower. People were getting killed all over the place and the FAA kept it covered up not to "scare" the flying public.

    Those same people has their careers in the FAA retired with their pensions and are living a quite safe lives and they are responsible for indirectly allowing hundreds to died needlessly in preventable accidents....I hope Nick, Jim, John, Mike, and rest of you slims get yours some day.

    It is easy to allow people to die in accidents and do nothing.
     

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