American finds scratches in 737s, suspects damage from jetbridge

08/3/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Following dozens of inspections, American Airlines says it has found three Boeing 737 aircraft with tiny scratches in their fuselages that may have been caused by contact with airport jetbridges. The planes will be removed from service during repairs, because the depth of the scratches exceeds manufacturer guidelines. "There's absolutely no safety concern," said an airline spokeswoman, noting that fewer than a dozen flights had been canceled as a result. American is inspecting the jetbridges at several unnamed airports while it continues examining the remaining 737-800 aircraft in its fleet.

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