Two Oklahoma airports affected by airline cancellations

From Staff and Wire Reports Modified: April 9, 2008 at 9:22 am •  Published: April 9, 2008
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American Airlines expected to cancel more flights today — and perhaps beyond — as it tried for a second time to comply with federal rules about wiring on about 300 of its planes.

Flight 2065 and Flight 2413, both traveling this morning from Will Rogers World Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, have been canceled, according to Will Rogers' Web site. Flight 2065 was scheduled to depart at 6:05 a.m.; Flight 2413 was scheduled to depart at 7:40 a.m.

No flights departing from Tulsa International Airport have been canceled, according to the airport's Web site.

Flights traveling this morning from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Will Rogers World Airport and Tulsa International Airport have also been canceled.

Flight 1352 was scheduled to arrive at 11:04 a.m. in Oklahoma City. Flight 1632 was scheduled to arrive in Tulsa at 10:45 a.m.

Airline officials said they canceled about 500 flights Tuesday but didn't know how many would be scrubbed Wednesday. It depended on how quickly the airline could inspect and, if necessary, rework the wiring in its MD-80 aircraft.

American operates about 2,300 daily flights, and more than one-third use MD-80s, most commonly on midrange flights from hub airports in Dallas and Chicago.

It was American's second bout with mass cancellations in less than two weeks for failing to meet the same wiring rules set by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is cracking down on airlines after admitting its inspectors were too lax last year with Southwest Airlines Co.

Since the FAA began looking more closely at airlines' compliance with safety directives, there have been cancellations at Southwest, Delta Air Lines Inc. and UAL Corp.'s United Airlines. The agency levied a $10.2 million civil penalty against Southwest for using planes that had missed inspections for cracks in the fuselage.

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