American to replace component on Boeing 767s that caused loose seats on 757s

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by MATT GOODMAN

WFAA

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 6:20 PM

DALLAS – American Airlines will add a “secondary locking device” to the seats of 49 Boeing 767s after the company discovered they used the same component that caused loose seats on a number of 757s. 

In a memo sent to employees Friday, American called the act a “precautionary measure” and noted that there have been no in-flight incidences involving the 767s. Earlier this month, the airline had to recall 48 Boeing 757s after seats on three jets came loose. 

The company blamed the issue on spilled soda and coffee, which wore down a mechanism that held the seats in place. The 767s use the same mechanism.  The memo says no other jet in the company’s fleet uses the component in question. 

American says the Federal Aviation Administration has OK’d its plan, which does not include any flight cancellations. The airline says it will be finished with the repairs by Oct. 21. 

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