Just like with every coin, with every story there are two sides... I watched the entire show last night and though it may seem sensationalist or one-sided. But to me, Allegiant has been very lucky that they have not had an accident with fatality and it's clear that safety is not a top priority within the airline. I can't understand why would they fire the pilot who ordered the evacuation? With fumes filling up the cabin, why would it take the crew 12-15 minutes to "evacuate" the plane. Why would an airline be hesitant to provide maintenance records?
I re-watched the 60 Minutes story online and I still feel that it was a well done piece that brought to light very serious incidents with the airline and a culture of hushing things up and intimidation by airline management. I really do hope that the fired pilot, Jason Kinzer, wins his lawsuit against Allegiant. There's just nothing about his actions that should've prompted his firing.
Here wherein lies another thing wrong with the piece, from what I have learned there was a lot more to the Pilot's firing than what the 60 minutes piece said since the story was done as a one-sided piece.
Kinzer was fired 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.
[As I say in regards to anything when people cry fake, bias news - if there are facts to back them up, it's not fake. There are a LOT of facts to backup that G4 seems to cut Mx costs in favor of profits. It didn't exactly paint a pretty picture of the FAA either. Had this been any of the large U.S. carriers, the FAA would have been all over it. There seems to be some reason they are turning their heads when it comes to G4.
As I said earlier, just because something is true doesn't mean it isn't misleading. This is the danger of only telling one side of the story, I have listened in on the past 3-4 investor calls from G4 and they have reiterated time and time again, that they are increasing training and maintenance expenses. Not only that but they are expediting
the retirement of the accident prone MD88s, at a large cost to the company, because they are now forced to limit growth this year and have even put a freeze on hiring new pilots.
However, the general flying public will never hear that side of the argument, because the point of the story wasn't to tell both sides the point of the story was to bash Allegiant. I agree this was a problem 2-3 years ago
, so why was this story not reported then
, when G4 management was doing jack squat about it? Instead of now, when G4 is actually making significant steps to improve its safety record.
Here is a quote from a maintenance worker at G4 on this 60 minutes story which pretty much describes how people who are knowledgable about G4 feel about the story: "22 months ending on Oct 2017 you said it. Most of those incidents where in the early part of that 22 month period. I worked in the union maintenance committee and can tell you that the company has made great progress on this end and now it’s showing on their operation. We worked very hard to help change this culture and it’s unfortunate that this comes out now, when things are actually much better."
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