June 22, 2010 / 8:41 AM / 7 years ago

FAA finds cracks on 3 American Airlines 767s - WSJ

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June 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority found structural cracks on three of American Airlines AMR.N fleet of Boeing (BA.N) 767 widebody planes during recent safety checks, the Wall Street Journal reported.

American Airline is a unit of AMR Corp.

Structural cracks were recently discovered on at least two American Airlines Boeing 767 jetliners, including one jet that air safety regulators believe could have lost an engine, the paper said.

However, on Monday, the FAA said problems were found on three planes, according to the paper.

FAA said it was working with American and Boeing to identify the reasons for the cracks and was considering new industry-wide safety mandates, according to the paper.

"We are considering additional action, including requiring more frequent inspections" of the suspect parts, called engine pylons, an FAA spokesman told the Journal.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner disputed the FAA's tally of affected planes, the paper said.

"Any speculation on the cause" of the cracks "is not based on science or technical findings," Wagner told the paper.

The FAA, Boeing and AMR Corp were not available to comment. (Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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