American Airlines inspecting jets for loose seats

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Associated Press

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

DALLAS, Texas — American Airlines said it will inspect eight planes after loose seats were found on two different planes in the last three days.

American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Monday that there could be a problem with the way certain seats fit into tracking on the floor of the Boeing 757 planes.

Huguely said the airline has notified the Federal Aviation Administration.

On Saturday, a flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing in New York after three seats on the Boeing 757 came loose shortly after takeoff.

Huguely said a second plane was discovered to have loose seats on Monday but details weren't immediately available.

American said it flew engineers, technical crews and inspectors from Tulsa to New York to inspect the aircraft there.

"Out of an abundance of caution, American has decided to proactively reinspect eight 757s today that could possibly have this same issue," the airline said in a written statement. "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."

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