Wed, Mar 26, 2008
Rechecking Wire Bundles In Older Planes
The FAA's sudden, renewed interest in closely monitoring airline
maintenance procedures led American Airlines to cancel about 200
domestic flights Wednesday, so crews could inspect wire bundles on
a number of the carrier's MD-82 and MD-83 aircraft.
“We are reinspecting the MD80s to make sure the wiring is
installed and secured exactly according to the directive,”
American spokesman Tim Wagner told The Associated Press. He did not
specify where the wiring bundles were located on the planes, or
what function they serve.
American discovered the problem during a joint audit of
American's maintenance processes, by representatives with the FAA
and the airline.
“We are in the process of completing the inspections on
the remaining airplanes and will return them to service on a
rolling basis throughout the day,” Wagner said.
While such a large number of cancellations is unusual --
and will certainly result in hassles for
a significant number of travelers -- American notes the figure
represents less than 10 percent of its daily scheduled service.
Roughly 50 departures each were cancelled from American's hubs at
DFW International and Chicago O'Hare.
The MD-80s represent the backbone of American's
short-to-medium-range domestic network. With nearly 300 planes in
its fleet, the Fort Worth-based carrier is by far the largest
operator of the type.
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