Landing gear issues ground planes for a second day

Airplanes with landing gear problems in Europe led to a second day of flight cancellations by Horizon Airlines, including three flights either into or out of the Arcata/Eureka Airport.

Laurie Hohisle with Horizon Airlines said two flights to Redding one inbound from Los Angeles were canceled Thursday, the same flights that were canceled Wednesday.

"We're still working on inspections for the 19 aircraft that were grounded yesterday," Hohisle said.

There have been no issues with the Bombardier Q400 airplanes in the U.S., but the company grounded the planes as a precaution and at the direction of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hohisle did not know exactly when the grounding would be lifted, but believed it would be soon.

"We expect significant improvement by Saturday," Hohisle said.

Chris Durant can be reached at 441-0506 or at cdurant@times-standard.com .

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