Dem senator calls for investigation into FAA's handling of Allegiant Air

Dem senator calls for investigation into FAA's handling of Allegiant Air
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Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonHistory argues for Democratic Senate gains Polling analyst: Same Dems who voted for Gorsuch will vote for Kavanaugh Election security bill picks up new support in Senate MORE (D-Fla.) on Monday requested the Department of Transportation’s inspector general conduct an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) oversight of Allegiant Air.

CBS News reported that Nelson wrote to the inspector general in the wake of a “60 Minutes” report on Sunday that found the airline had more than 100 serious mechanical issues between Jan. 1, 2016, and October 2017.

Nelson asked the inspector general to fully review the FAA’s handling of its communications with Allegiant and policies toward the airline.

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“The traveling public deserves to know whether the FAA is conducting thorough safety oversight of Allegiant,” Nelson wrote, according to CBS. “Anything less could lead to disastrous consequences.”

The FAA told CBS news in a statement that it would welcome any outside review of its safety oversight system.

“We are never satisfied with the status quo and always look for ways to make the world’s safest aviation system even safer,” the organization said. 

Nelson is up for reelection in November, where he is expected to face Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). Scott declared his candidacy earlier this month, setting up what is expected to be one of the costliest campaigns of this cycle. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE won Florida in the 2016 presidential race by less than 200,000 votes.