An AA B-757 flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing at JFK on Saturday after seats in row 12 became unbolted.  The three passengers in seats 12D, 12E, and 12F were all relocated to other available seats as the crew prepped for an emergency landing in New York.  The New York Post has a very dramatized article on the incident, with accounts of seats sliding around the plane, though AA has stated that the story is not accurate.  ABC News covers the story as well.

Updated 4pm EST – Apparently another flight returned to JFK with loose seats, this one this morning.  AA flight 443 JFK – MIA returned to the airport and is currently pending review. The aircraft was replaced and the flight finally landed in Miami about four hours behind schedule. From AA:

An initial internal investigation into why a row of seats became loose on an American Airlines Boeing 757 bound from Boston to Miami on Saturday has indicated that there could be a possible issue with a certain model of seats and how they fit into the tracking used to secure the seats. Out of an abundance of caution, American has decided to proactively reinspect eight 757s today that could possibly have this same issue. The seats were installed by American maintenance and contract maintenance. The issue does not seem to be tied to any one maintenance facility or one workgroup. This afternoon, the company flew engineers, tech crew chiefs, and inspectors from its Tulsa maintenance base to New York to evaluate the aircraft and determine the next course of action to correct the problem. Courtesy WNBC

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Alon October 1, 2012 - 10:04 am

So maybe these “made-up” safety inspection issues aren’t really so “made-up” . . .

UnitedEF October 1, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Yeah because the pilot is writing up unbolted seats as he walks around the outside of the aircraft.

jerry October 1, 2012 - 2:36 pm

You wonder if some of the AA, disgruntled did this again to protest

Looks like AA is shooting themselves in the foot all the way around. There are other airlines with less problems, this may be getting hard to overcome

Kris Ziel October 1, 2012 - 6:33 pm

I wouldn’t be shocked if it was sabotage, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it wasn’t. It sure as hell isn’t something a pilot would see and report, or anything remotely related to it.


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