Allegiant told to improve training after low-fuel landing


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Under pressure from federal safety regulators, Allegiant Air is increasing training for pilots and dispatchers after a plane landed low on fuel this summer.

In July, a plane operated by two Allegiant executives who are also pilots made an emergency landing at a closed airport in Fargo, North Dakota, after one of the pilots told controllers he didn’t have enough fuel to reach another airport.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that the agency closed its investigation in October with a “letter of correction,” which is not as serious as an enforcement action, and a follow-up letter this month.

An Allegiant spokeswoman said the airline has added new procedures and training.

The FAA concluded that all pilots had been warned about possible flight restrictions at the Fargo airport and that the Allegiant plane didn’t appear to have enough fuel. Airlines are required to load enough fuel to reach the destination plus a spare amount.

The FAA found Allegiant’s corrective steps after the incident to be satisfactory, the spokesman said.

The Allegiant spokeswoman declined to say whether the Fargo pilots were disciplined. The Las Vegas-based airline is a unit of Allegiant Travel Co.

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