Allegiant Accused of Firing Pilot for Evacuating Smoky Plane

Allegiant Airlines was accused of wrongfully firing a pilot who evacuated his plane after learning smoke and chemical fumes were filling up the passenger cabin, in the company’s latest safety-related flap.

Jason Kinzer, who worked as an Allegiant captain, alleges he was “maliciously” ousted over his decision to make an emergency landing in St. Petersburg, Florida, in June and order his 141-passengers off the Boeing Co. MD-80 plane, according to a lawsuit filed in state court in Las Vegas.

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