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Safety compliance leads to halted flights

American Airlines cancelled 1,094 flights, or nearly half its schedule,yesterday to reinspect aircraft, a disruption that affected about100,000 passengers and triggered chaos at the busiest U.S. airports.<br />The airline said it expects more than 900 cancellations today.


American Airlines cancelled 1,094 flights, or nearly half its schedule, yesterday to reinspect aircraft, a disruption that affected about 100,000 passengers and triggered chaos at the busiest U.S. airports.
The airline said it expects more than 900 cancellations today.
The disruption at the No. 1 U.S. domestic airline, a unit of AMR Corp., follows 460 cancellations Tuesday and hundreds of cancellations two weeks ago. The March disruption was for the same reason as this week’s problem — to ensure compliance with a Federal Aviation Administration safety directive on wiring inspections for MD-80 aircraft.
Delta Air Lines Inc. cancelled about two dozen flights yesterday and Alaska Airlines, 14, to address the same situation on their MD-80s.

 
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