U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

Serving Florida

Nelson calls for probe of Allegiant oversight

By Brianna Gurciullo, Politico
Apr 16, 2018

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has asked DOT's inspector general to investigate how the FAA oversees airline safety, writing in a letter today that a recent news report on Allegiant Air indicates that the low-cost airline "has not been subject to proper scrutiny or penalty."

Nelson, the Senate Commerce Committee's ranking member, refers in his letter to a "60 Minutes" report that aired Sunday. According to the CBS News program, Allegiant reported more than 100 "serious mechanical incidents" from the beginning of 2016 through October 2017.

Nelson wants the IG to "conduct a full audit or investigation into the FAA's current policies regarding enforcement actions, its role in working with airlines to correct noncompliance issues and how the agency identifies larger trends that may be the result of specific incidents." 

"I urge you to specifically review all internal communications between the FAA and Allegiant to ensure that no efforts are being undertaken to impede a full and forthright investigation of the airline's maintenance and operational issues," Nelson wrote.