US FAA investigating American Airlines after 3 botched landings in December 2009

Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 9:03 by Jose Philip

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that it will investigate American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, Texas, the United States, after the airline’s planes made as many as 3 botched landings in December 2009.

Fortunately, no lives were lost in any of the three incidents, but the Federal Aviation Administration explained that it is conducting a review of American Airlines to find out whether there is a “larger issue at hand.”

Three planes of American Airlines have had unsuccessful landings – between December 13, 2009, and December 24, 2009. This has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration step up supervision on American Airlines in order to determine whether or not these messed-up landings resulted from any problem unknown at present and also to find out if there might be a “larger issue,” a statement from the Aviation Administration said.

In the incident on December 13, 2009, an MD-80 aircraft of American Airlines touched down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, the United States, and then and veered off the left side of the runway. As the pilots attempted to get the MD-80 aircraft back onto the runway, the right wingtip of the plane touched the ground.

In the second incident – on December 22, 2009 – an American Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft overran a runway, amidst heavy rain, at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica. A total of 91 passengers were injured in the accident at Jamaica.

The third incident of the month happened on December 24, 2009, when an MD-80 aircraft of American Airlines, en route from Chicago, Illinois, the United States, landed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, with the plane’s wingtip touching the runway.

The US media quoted a spokesman of the US Federal Aviation Administration as saying that, when a particular airline experiences several accidents – like repeated botched landings – over a brief period of time, it is the usual practice of the FAA to step up scrutiny of that airline.

The reports also quoted officials of American Airlines, which is a subsidiary of the AMR Corporation, as stating that the airline is “cooperating” with the investigators of the Federal Aviation Administration and that American Airlines is conducting its own investigation into the incidents of the 3 faulty landings.