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October 12, 2012

American to add seat locking device on 49 Boeing 767s

After last week's loose seats issue on 48 of its Boeing 757s, American Airlines inspected the rest of its fleet and announced Friday it will be adding a secondary locking device to 49 Boeing 767s in its fleet.

"After inspecting our entire aircraft fleet, we have determined that 49 of our 767s have the same primary locking device that was found on 48 of our 757s. There have been no in-flight incidents impacting customers with the seat-locking mechanisms on these 767s. This added layer of safety involves the same aviation-strength locking device that we installed on some of our 757s," the carrier said in a message sent to American managers on Friday.

The company said the Federal Aviation Administration approved the maintenance plan and expects to finish installation work probably by October 21. There will be no flights cancelled as part of the maintenance work.

-Andrea Ahles

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