FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Federal officials say that north Texas based American Airlines “may have” violated maintenance rules and they are continuing to investigate a union group’s allegations that mechanics were pressured to clear planes for flying before it was safe.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Tello Hernandez Faces Intoxication Manslaughter Charge Following Fatal Crash
The Federal Aviation Administration says it is continuing to investigate American’s decision to remove inspectors from some maintenance checks on large, two-aisle jets.
An FAA manager made the comments in a letter to Local 591 of the Transport Workers Union, which posted the letter on its website. The FAA declined further comment on Friday.READ MORE: Homeowner Terry Duane Turner Charged In Slaying Of Motorist Adil Dghoughi In His Driveway
Local 591 raised the charges in a lawsuit against American last month.
American did not immediately respond for comment Friday. Executive vice president Stephen Johnson said last month that the lawsuit was frivolous and an attempt to get media attention and boost the standing of the union group’s president.
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