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Budget carrier serving OKC experiences frequent mechanical woes

The Tampa Bay Times examined numerous mechanical problems with Allegiant Airlines in recent years and found their planes are the most likely to experience mid-air emergencies and failures than any other carrier in the country. Allegiant serves Oklahoma City with flights to Las Vegas, Orlando and Destin.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

"Lisa Cozzolino started to panic as Allegiant Air Flight 844 circled over Pinellas County, burning off fuel for an emergency landing. “All the bad things I’ve done in my life,” she said to her sister, “and now I’m going to die.”
 
Matt Jones fumbled with his cellphone, trying to call his wife to say goodbye, as crew members on Allegiant Flight 822 ordered him to tuck into crash position over Baltimore. “I said to myself, ‘I’m never going to see my wife or my kids or my grandkids again,’” he recalled.

Jessica Stoffel was so afraid on Allegiant Flight 175 over Mesa, Ariz., that she grabbed the stranger next to her and squeezed his hand. “I was terrified and honestly did not think we were going to make it,” she said.

All major airlines break down once in awhile. But none of them break down in midair more often than Allegiant."

Allegiant serves Oklahoma City with flights to Las Vegas, Orlando and Destin.

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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