Sun, Apr 05, 2009
Engine Inspections, Documentation Completed On 60 Aircraft
Normal flight operations were resumed Thursday afternoon by
Delta Connection regional carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a
mere day-and-a-half after grounding 60 aircraft to check its
compliance with mandatory engine inspections.
As ANN reported, Atlantic Southeast grounded
60 of its 112 Bombardier CRJ200s late Tuesday after internal audits
raised questions about whether federally-mandated safety
inspections to the aircrafts' General Electric CF34 turbofans had
been performed. ASA spokeswoman Kate Modolo said the airline
notified the FAA, and voluntarily pulled the aircraft out of
Modolo said that it was uncertain from the audit whether the
inspections of some 87 engines on 60 aircraft were actually
overdue, or had been performed but not properly documented.
Inspections of the grounded planes' engines, normally required
every 5,000 hours of operation, began Tuesday night.
"Safety is our number one priority, and we apologize for the
inconvenience this has been causing the passengers," Modolo told
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, adding passengers "are being
re-accommodated on next available flights."
USA Today reports the groundings caused the cancellation of 277
flights, affecting an estimated 8,500 passengers. Modolo said those
passengers were rescheduled on other Delta Connection carriers and,
in some cases, Delta itself.
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