American cancels 300 flights for inspection

March 26, 2008 12:47:16 PM PDT
American Airlines today canceled about 300 flights so its crews could inspect some wire bundles aboard all of its MD-80 jets. The matter has to do with making sure that the wiring is properly secured.

The canceled flights represent less than ten percent of the scheduled service for the day by Fort Worth-based American, which is the nation's largest carrier.

The highest concentrations are at American's hubs at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O'Hare international airports.

American initially put the number of cancellations at 200, but spokesman Tim Wagner says that was a conservative estimate. He says the airline prefers to hold off on cancellations as long as possible.

The need for the new inspections became known during an audit of American by a joint team of inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration and the nation's largest carrier.

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