Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

American faces FAA scrutiny after landing problems



WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The FAA said Friday it is heightening scrutiny of American Airlines after the carrier had three landings go wrong in December.

"In situations where there may be several incidents involving a single carrier over a short period of time, FAA inspectors increase their oversight, which we're doing now," FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

The review was prompted by the botched landings of three planes between Dec. 13 and Dec. 24. In the Dec. 13 incident, an MD-80 landing at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina touched down and went off the left side of the runway. While trying to get back onto the runway, the plane's right wingtip touched the ground.

On Dec. 22, a Boeing 737 overran a runway amid heavy rain at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, injuring 91 passengers.

And on Dec. 24, an MD-80 en route from Chicago struck a wingtip upon landing in Austin, Texas.

Billy Sanez, a spokesman for American, a unit of AMR Corp (AMR, Fortune 500)., told CNN Friday that the airline is cooperating with the investigation, which he said was routine in landing incidents.

Lunsford said the review will help determine whether the botched landings "might be indicative of a larger issue."

If so, he said "the FAA communicates its findings to the air carrier and assists in the development of the appropriate corrective action."

-- CNN's Mike Ahlers and Dave Alsup contributed to this report. To top of page

Search for Jobs

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,694.68 284.96 1.64%
Nasdaq 4,779.25 87.38 1.86%
S&P 500 2,070.77 34.68 1.70%
Treasuries 1.48 0.02 1.10%
Data as of 1:27am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 13.19 0.49 3.86%
Southwestern Energy ... 13.03 -0.86 -6.19%
Alcoa Inc 9.10 -0.23 -2.47%
Micron Technology In... 13.19 0.20 1.54%
Apple Inc 94.40 0.81 0.87%
Data as of Jun 29
Sponsors

Sections

Lesedi La Rona, the 1,109-carat diamond found last November, fails to find a bidder willing to pay the minimum price in London auction. More

Investors are already sifting through the Brexit market rubble for opportunities. Morgan Stanley compiled a list of highly-rated stocks that have limited or no direct exposure to the situation in the U.K. More

West Elm partners with Casper, a two-year-old startup, to get in on the $14 billion mattress industry. More