Flights canceled for reinspection

By Ja’Rena Lunsford Modified: April 9, 2008 at 6:54 am •  Published: April 9, 2008
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Less than two weeks after American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights to inspect its fleet of MD-80 aircraft, Tuesday the airline canceled 500 flights to inspect the same aircraft.

"This is the same fleet and part of the same issue we had two weeks ago,” American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said.

Dallas, Chicago most affected
American Airlines is once again reinspecting how the wire bundling on the aircraft is taped and spaced.

"There is also a question of whether the bracket that holds the bundle at the wheel-well should face the front or the back,” Wagner said.

He said the airline's hubs in Chicago and Dallas were the most impacted by the cancellations.

Will Rogers World Airport had three canceled departures to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Tuesday. Tulsa International Airport had one cancellation to Chicago and another cancellation from DFW. Wagner said the cancellations would likely cross over into today.

"We're crossing our fingers and hoping we're not impacted, but it's anyone's guess,” said Jennifer James McCollum, spokeswoman for Tulsa International Airport.

American Airlines will accommodate travelers on other flights. Travelers should check www.aa.com for flight status.

Tightened inspections
Wagner said an FAA inspector checked several planes Monday and found that some of the work performed last month didn't meet standards.

American operates about 2,300 daily flights.

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Tail sections of two American Airlines MD-80 aircrafts sit above ground-crew workers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, last month. Associated Press

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