American Airlines Cancels Another 296 Flights

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FORT WORTH (AP) – American Airlines and its American Eagle affiliate canceled more than 300 flights Thursday and more than 50 planes remained grounded because of hail damage.

American will cancel another 296 flights in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Friday, said spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.

The planes were caught in storms Tuesday that pounded DFW Airport and spawned about a dozen tornadoes in north Texas.

Since the storms hit, American and Eagle have canceled about 1,600 flights, but with fewer cancelations each day. Huguely said the airlines planned extra flights on some routes to handle passengers who were stranded earlier in the week.

By late Thursday afternoon American and Eagle had scrubbed 323 departing and arriving flights at DFW, American’s biggest hub, and 55 planes were still out of service.

The airlines identified 108 planes for inspections shortly after the hailstorms but nearly half have gone back to flying.

American and Eagle are owned by Fort Worth-based AMR Corp.

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