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American Airlines Landing Incidents Prompt FAA Review

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The FAA will increase its oversight of American Airlines following a string of non-fatal landing incidents that took place in December, including one that left an AA 737 in pieces in Kingston, Jamaica. FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford made the comments to CNN, adding that the FAA's review will attempt to determine if those incidents "might be indicative of a larger issue." On Dec. 13, an American MD-80 went off the side of the runway while landing at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and dragged a wingtip while realigning. The Dec. 22 incident at Kingston left 91 passengers injured and the 737 broken when it overran the runway in heavy rain. And on Dec. 24, another AA MD-80 dragged a wingtip landing at Austin.

American is cooperating with the investigation, all of which is said to be routine for this and similar situations. Upon conclusion of the review, the FAA will deliver its conclusions to American and "assist in the development of appropriate corrective actions," Lunsford said.

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