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Tuesday
Oct022012

American Airlines Inspecting Planes as Third Loose Seat Incident Reported

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- American Airlines tells ABC News it is inspecting eight Boeing 757s in its fleet that recently had new seats installed after another report of loose seats aboard one of its flights surfaced Tuesday morning.

The latest incident involves a flight from Vail, Colo., to Dallas on Sept. 26, according to the New York Post, and marks the third such reported problem with loose seating aboard an American Airlines flight in less than a week.  The other two incidents took place last Saturday aboard a flight from Boston to Miami, and on Monday aboard a flight from New York City to Miami.

While American Airlines blamed recent flights delays on labor troubles with pilots, it insists the seat incidents have nothing to do with the airline's bankruptcy filing or labor issues.

"This is a mechanical issue. That's all it is. It's not related to anything else despite all the rumors and speculation," says American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks.

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