Delta Commuter ASA Grounds Planes


Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the Atlanta-based Delta commuter airline, grounded its 60 of its CRJ-200 commuter jets Monday because of inspection problems.

In a release sent to Channel 2 Action News, ASA officials said they are ordering new inspections on the 50-passenger planes.

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"ASA has ordered re-inspection of all 60 planes as a precautionary measure," said ASA spokeswoman Kate Modolo in the release.

The airline hopes to have the new inspections completed by Wednesday.

Modolo said an "internal audit uncovered inspection concerns" about whether the planes' engines had been inspected according the engine manufacturer's recommendations.

The company self-reported the problem to the Federal Aviation Administration and voluntarily grounded the planes so they could be re-inspected.

Some of the grounded planes are at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, ASA's hub. Others were grounded at other airports where ASA flies and maintenance workers will be flown to those airports to conduct the new inspections.

Modolo said ASA will be using other planes to cover scheduled flights.

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