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American Airlines Flights Grounded Becauseof of Loose Passenger Seats

December 7, 2012
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The safety problems that plane crash attorneys have found with American Airlines planes just seem to get worse. Last month, the airline was forced to ground dozens of flights, after several incidents in which passenger seats became loose.

The safety problems that plane crash attorneys have found with American Airlines planes just seem to get worse.  Last month, the airline was forced to ground dozens of flights, after several incidents in which passenger seats became loose.

The problem involves Boeing airliners.  In one incident, 4 flights of Boeing 757 planes had to be grounded after reports of loose passenger seats.

That was not the first time that American Airlines became aware of this problem.  Just a few weeks earlier, another Boeing 767 plane had a similar problem with a passenger seat.  However, in that earlier incident, the passenger seat did not really become loose, but was found to have been improperly installed.

The problem seems to have been noted only on American Airlines planes, and seems to have had something to do with the fact that the airline is in the middle of reconfiguring its coach section.  The airline is creating 3 rows from the earlier 4 rows, and therefore, the seats are being reinstalled.

The airline went ahead and hired an external maintenance company in order to modify its cabins and reinstall the seats.  According to the New York Times, records show that workers who worked for that maintenance company were not aware of how to reinstall and configure the seats properly.  That resulted in some of the passenger seats becoming loose midflight. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the problem.

American Airlines’ attitude since news of the seat problem broke out, has been far from comforting to plane crash attorneys.  The airline has offered a number of explanations for the problem, and first blamed the clamps that held the seat in place.  Later, the airline claimed that there was dirt in the clamps, which prevented the clamps from being locked properly.

 

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