Loose airline seats found at 3 American Airlines flights, FAA investigates

By on Oct 3, 2012 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

Three incidents of loose airline seats have been found in different American Airlines flights, which resulted to emergency landing to ensure the safety of the passengers boarding the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now conducting a thorough investigation on the incidents.

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According to the New York Post on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the first incident of the loose airline seat was discovered in an American Airlines flight from Boston to Miami last Saturday, September 29, and was forced to make an emergency landing at the JFK International Airport in New York City.

As noted in the report, the second incident occurred last Monday when another American Airlines flight was forced to return to Kennedy airport, an hour after it left. Three seats, A, B, and C in row 14 of the Miami-bound flight were found to be loosen. A similar incident was said to have happened on Wednesday, September 26.

“Out of an abundance of caution, American has decided to proactively reinspect eight 757s today that could possibly have this same issue,” American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguley told ABC News on Monday, noting that there is likely an issue with a certain model of seats installed in both airplanes.

“The seats were installed by American maintenance and contract maintenance. The issue does not seem to be tied to any one maintenance facility or one workgroup.” Huguley added, noting that the problem is not related to the ongoing labor issues of the struggling airline company.

“Preliminary information indicates that both aircraft had recently undergone maintenance during which the seats had been removed and re-installed. Including these two airplanes, the airline has taken eight aircraft with similar seat assemblies out of service until they can be inspected.” FAA was quoted in a statement.

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