American says it has fixed seats on 42 planes

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012
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The seats were removed and reinstalled during renovations intended to provide more legroom for some seats, which can then be sold for an extra charge.

American officials said this week that the removal and reinstallation process didn't cause the problem but might have made it appear sooner.

They added that seats are also removed during heavy maintenance overhauls called D-checks, which are performed about every five years, and when carpeting is replaced or wiring installed. The seats are checked for looseness roughly every 6 months when undergoing a so-called B-check, they added.

The seat fiasco comes as American is still trying to recover from widespread delays and flight cancelations in September.

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