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Old 26th Mar 2008, 20:45
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American Grounds MD80's

Just heard that American has grounded MD80's over landing gear wiring inspections. May be similar to Southwest's situation.

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Old 26th Mar 2008, 20:56
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American Airlines cancels 200 flights for inspection

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — American Airlines said Wednesday it canceled about 200 flights because to inspect MD-80 aircraft to ensure wiring is installed and secured according to a new safety directive.
The carrier, a unit of AMR Corp., said a joint team of American Airlines and Federal Aviation Administration inspectors raised questions about how a certain bundle of wires is secured to the MD-80 aircraft.
The company said the process can take several hours per aircraft. Many inspections have already been completed and the aircraft are currently in service, a statement from the airline said.
"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," the largest US carrier said.
The MD-80 is a plane made by the McDonnell Douglas division of Boeing and carries around 140 passengers.
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Or it could be 300 canx flts

American Airlines cancels 300 flights to check planes

c.2008 Bloomberg News


American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, canceled 300 flights to reinspect wiring in Boeing Co. MD-80s after federal regulators raised questions during a maintenance audit.
The cancellations represent about 13 percent of today's flights. American is checking whether a sleeve covering a bundle of wires was installed according to a Federal Aviation Administration directive, spokesman Tim Wagner said.
Among the flights scrubbed were two out of Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.
It's the second time in a week that American parent AMR Corp. has had to scrub flights amid industrywide FAA maintenance audits. Carriers have come under increased scrutiny since the FAA proposed a $10.2 million fine against Southwest Airlines Co. on March 6 for flying 46 jets without proper fuselage checks.
The FAA is "going through things with a fine-toothed comb," James M. Higgins, a Soleil Securities Corp. analyst in Solebury, Pennsylvania, said in an interview. "I don't suggest there's a real safety issue here. Much of this is paperwork."
The FAA, based on its experience at American, advised other MD-80 operators to check their compliance with the wiring-sleeve requirement, agency spokesman Les Dorr said. The FAA didn't require the carriers, including Delta Air Lines Inc., to pull their jets from service to inspect them, he said.
American has 300 MD-80s, which make up about 46 percent of the main jet fleet at the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier. All 300 have been or are being inspected, Wagner said.
"Many inspections have already been completed and the aircraft are currently in service," Wagner said in an interview. "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."
American initially canceled 200 flights today. Additional flights had to be dropped to accommodate the reinspections, Wagner said. About 80 flights were canceled at the carrier's Dallas-Fort Worth hub, and about 68 more in Chicago. The rest were scattered across the U.S.
The inspections are intended to verify that a sleeve covering a wire bundle to the auxiliary hydraulic pump is attached to the wheel-well wall at one-inch (2.5-centimeter) intervals, as directed by the FAA, Wagner said.
"We have found that some of the attachments were slightly more than one inch," he said. "We are going back to make sure we have precisely attached the sleeve every single inch. This is an abundance of caution on our part."
AMR's American Eagle regional airline grounded 25 jets and canceled 15 flights on March 21 to review inspection paperwork on the planes' rudders and hydraulic systems.
Southwest, based in Dallas, temporarily grounded 44 Boeing 737s on March 12 until it could verify they had undergone required inspections. The action forced cancellation of 126 flights, about 4 percent of Southwest's daily total.
UAL Corp.'s United Airlines said March 20 it was retesting instruments on seven Boeing 747s after learning that equipment used for inspections was overdue to be calibrated. Chicago-based United didn't ground any planes or cancel any flights.
Following the proposed fine against Southwest, the FAA said it would check records at more than 100 airlines by March 28 to see how they complied with a sample of 10 agency directives.
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Old 27th Mar 2008, 04:54
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Delta Joins in MD80 Inspections/Flight Cancellations

Here is a statement from Delta:

“Safety is Delta's No. 1 priority and we take Airworthiness Directives very seriously. Delta is working in full partnership with the FAA and has begun proactively and voluntarily revalidating the full compliance of a prior Airworthiness Directive that was completed earlier this year. We expect this voluntary review, which will take place on Delta's 117 MD-88 aircraft and 16 MD-90 aircraft, to have some impact to the operation. Delta apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and will work to proactively contact and reaccomodate any affected customers. The review will be completed by the end of the week.”
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