From ValuJet to Allegiant

In this May 9, 2013, file photo, two Allegiant Air jets taxi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Shares of Allegiant Air's parent company are tumbling following a "60 Minutes"€ investigation that expressed serious safety concerns about the airline. (AP Photo/David Becker, File)

A caller says:

“You didn’t mention in here that Maury Gallagher, the guy who is the founder of Allegiant, was the founder of ValuJet … ValuJet had the aircraft—and I believe it was an MD-80 (no, it was a used DC9–MF) that loaded active oxygen making machines … in the cargo hold, and the airplane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board. So Maury Gallagher has a history of unsafe practices.”

Gallagher was a co-founder, not sole founder, of ValuJet.

Wikipedia says Valujet was, “was notorious for its sometimes dangerous cost-cutting measures. All of the airline’s planes were purchased used from other airlines, very little training was provided to workers, and contractors were used for maintenance and other services. The company quickly developed a reputation for its lax safety. In 1995, the military refused ValuJet’s bid to fly military personnel over safety worries, and officials at the FAA wanted the airline to be grounded.”

After Valujet went under, “Gallagher … gained control of (Allegiant) airline as a result of the bankruptcy and later became CEO and Chairman. Under his leadership, the airline changed headquarters to Las Vegas and eventually evolved a unique business model of flying older large commercial aircraft from small cities around the US to large leisure destinations.”

Wikipedia adds, “In May 2016, the FAA confirmed that Allegiant was under investigation for possible safety violations, drawing comparisons to the ValuJet crash twenty years earlier.”

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