FAA To Meet With American About Lightning Strikes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet
with American Airlines to discuss the company's revised inspection
procedures for suspected lightning strikes.
FAA spokesman Les Dorr today told The Associated Press the
meeting -should not- be considered an investigation of Fort
Worth-based American.
An American spokesman wouldn't discuss the nature of the change
in inspections.
Dorr and the carrier say planes are typically struck about once
a year, but damage is usually minimal. Aircraft are built to take
the strikes.
Dorr says the meeting follows complaints from a mechanic at New
York's John F. Kennedy Airport about the adequacy of the revised
procedures.
Two pilots have also used the FAA's Aviation Safety Action
Program -- an anonymous reporting system.
American spokesman Tim Wagner says it's not unusual for the
carrier to revise inspection procedures.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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