Almost All American Airlines Jets Cleared For Take Off
By: NY1 News
NY1: Almost All American Airlines Jets Cleared For Take Off
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Federal aviation officials allowed American Airlines to return all but three of their jets into service Saturday, and normal flight schedules is expected to resume on Sunday.
More than 3,300 flights have been cancelled nationwide since Tuesday, so that workers could continue to inspect electrical wiring in all 300 of American's MD80 aircraft.
Federal regulators called for new inspections after repairs done just weeks ago failed to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards.
The groundings have affected more than a quarter of a million passengers nationwide.
Elected officials say federal investigators are to blame. They want a joint task force to map out a path for future inspections.
"If they worked out a plan in advance, which planes are going to be inspected and when, you could avoid future cancellations, but just as they did the last few weeks, the FAA is flying by the seat of its pants," said Senator Charles Schumer.
American Airlines has been hit hard because it uses so many MD80s on its domestic routes.
Delta and Alaska Airlines say they have completed their inspections and their full MD80 fleets are back in service.