TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Senator Tom Coburn is criticizing the
Federal Aviation Administration as "chicken" for grounding 299
American Airlines jets recently.
The Oklahoma Republican says FAA inspectors were more concerned
about covering themselves than they were about American or its
The decision to ground the MD-80 jets because of what the FAA
says were improperly installed wiring harnesses resulted in the
cancellation of more than 3,000 flights.
At a town hall meeting in Tulsa, Coburn said the decision cost
the Fort Worth-based airline 100 million dollars and he says there
was never a safety risk.
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