American Airlines affiliate grounds planes for inspections on Thursday; New Bern flights impacted

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An American Airlines subsidiary grounded most of its planes Thursday to conduct overdue inspections of bolts that secure doors on the nose gear.

The grounding affected two models of Bombardier regional jets operated by PSA Airlines, which operates flights under the American Eagle name. PSA has 130 of the planes, and all but a few were grounded, according to American.

Coastal Carolina Regional Airport told WNCT’s Ford Sanders they had a couple of these planes that made trips to and from New Bern that needed repairs. People in New Bern were rerouted through the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

“American is always safety conscious as are all the airlines and it seems like they did a great job accommodating passengers,” said Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Director Andrew Shorter. “The one thing is with COVID there are fewer passengers flying now so fewer would have been disrupted.”

American said it is working with PSA and the Federal Aviation Administration to fix the issue. It said a few of the planes have returned to service but gave no precise numbers and did not offer a timetable for finishing inspections on the remaining planes.

Tracking site FlightAware.com said 200 PSA flights were canceled by midafternoon Eastern time. American said it was trying to arrange new flights for displaced customers.

PSA is based in Dayton, Ohio, and operates many American Eagle flights in the eastern United States including at American’s hub airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shorter said the planes were repaired and that Thursday night’s 10 p.m. flight arrived in New Bern along with flights scheduled for Friday.

American is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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