View Full Version : Allegiant KPSC to KIWA April 28, 2016 engine failure?

29th Apr 2016, 17:33
Anyone heard about a possible engine failure on Allegiant 175 on approach to KIWA? Flightaware seems to show a go-around, but I cannot find any other news.

29th Apr 2016, 18:41
From the Tampa Bay Times:

Allegiant Air Flight Declares Emergency in Phoenix After Engine Failure

April 29, 2016 11:24am

An Allegiant Air flight landing in Arizona made an emergency landing Thursday after an engine failure.

An internal Allegiant memo obtained by the Tampa Bay Times said the incident occurred on Flight 175 that took off from Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Wash., and was landing at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona at about 4 p.m.

The aircraft was landing when gusty conditions forced the pilots to apply thrust and make a "go-around." That is when the engine either failed due to a mechanical problem. The memo did not say what the plane's altitude was when the decision to abort the landing was made.

"The crew declared an emergency and safely landed on the subsequent approach," said the Allegiant memo to members of the airline's operations and maintenance teams. The aircraft carried 131 passengers and six crew members.

A recording of the pilot's communications with the tower confirm an engine failure on landing.

Allegiant officials did not respond for a request seeking comment Friday.

"No immediate corrective action to policy, procedure or training were found to be needed," the Allegiant memo said. "All crew members performed their duties as trained."

The incident comes as Allegiant is under increased scrutiny by the FAA, which is conducting a detailed, 90-day inspection of the airline. The survey is normally done for all commercial carriers every five years. But the FAA said it moved up Allegiant's inspection by about two years because of several incidents related to safety.

In recent weeks, Allegiant leaders have gone further than they ever have in acknowledging they are taking steps to improve the safety and reliability of their aircraft, which are among the oldest in the U.S. airline industry.

After a series of emergency landings at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport last year, Allegiant replaced its local management team and vowed to hire five mechanics to handle maintenance issues in the area, the airline's CEO, Maurice Gallagher Jr., said last week to local politicos during an event sponsored by state Sen. Jack Latvala.

Allegiant is one of the nation's fastest-growing airlines and is headquartered in Las Vegas. It carried about 95 percent of the St. Pete-Clearwater airport's record 1.6 million passengers in 2015.

Allegiant Air flight declares emergency in Phoenix after engine failure | Tampa Bay Times (http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/airlines/allegiant-air-flight-declares-emergency-in-phoenix-after-engine-failure/2275276)

As the article above mentions, the feds are all over Allegiant lately after some recent incidents:

FAA investigating Allegiant Air after high-profile incidents | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune (http://www.tbo.com/news/business/faa-investigating-allegiant-air-after-high-profile-incidents-20160428/)

29th Apr 2016, 19:02
Thanks, Airbubba!

Sorry Dog
30th Apr 2016, 03:21
Isn't Allegiant also the carrier that fired the captain for evac after cabin filled with smoke and said captain is suing for wrongful termination??

I'm curious how that deal is going...

30th Apr 2016, 11:54
yepp, that was Allegiant.

Flying Clog
30th Apr 2016, 12:54
Sounds like a fun place to work.

30th Apr 2016, 14:07
Don't know who the observers on the ground were but from Avherald (indicating GA from 50AGL):
"Ground witnesses reported the aircraft pitched up for the go-around, the engines accelerated and were about reaching maximum thrust when the right hand engine surged emitting bangs and streaks of flame, possibly due to a wind gust, causing the aircraft to seriously roll still very close to the ground. For a few seconds it appeared the aircraft would not be able to maintain height before the crew regained control, accelerated the aircraft and climbed out to safety."


"go around with the crew describing marginal climb and roll performance"

30th Apr 2016, 17:54
Sounds like a fun place to work.
Yepp, a lot of fun. Even the FAA starts and join the party....
FAA confirms it is reviewing Allegiant Air operations | Tampa Bay Times (http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/airlines/faa-confirms-it-is-reviewing-allegiant-air-operations/2274997)

3rd May 2016, 03:01
Isn't Allegiant also the carrier that fired the captain for evac after cabin filled with smoke and said captain is suing for wrongful termination??

I'm curious how that deal is going...

Nothing much is happening on that case. They had an opportunity to join a court-facilitated dispute resolution process, but both sides rejected it.

There are a couple of motions pending. The Captain wants the case to be moved back to Nevada State court (from Federal court). Allegiant wants the case dismissed. The judge will probably not rule on either motion until mid-summer.

In the meantime, both sides are preparing for a possible trial in the fall, if the case gets that far.