AA’s Mad Dogs back on the ground


Less than a month after grounding all their MD-80 planes to ensure compliance with FAA-mandated inspections, American Airlines is grounding all their MD-80 planes to ensure compliance with FAA-mandated inspections. Is there an echo in here?

An estimated 500 flights are cancelled, and once again the issue is wiring bundles. I’m sure more info will be forthcoming once someone figures out how to find a responsible party at either the FAA or the airlines to explain how the hell things like this have slipped through the cracks and/or been purposefully obfuscated for so long.

From a different news source:

The Allied Pilots Association said the Federal Aviation Administration randomly inspected 10 MD-80s on Monday to make sure the jets had been properly inspected and modified. Of the 10, nine did not pass the audit, the union said.

I guess that explains why they needed to ground them all again. Too bad they didn’t get it right the first time.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .
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