TULSA, Okla. - American Airlines today announced the second of two Airbus A300 vertical stabilizers or tails being voluntarily inspected by the carrier using a new ultrasonic protocol also revealed no findings.
“This completes our voluntary inspections,” said Dan Huffman, American’s senior vice president, maintenance and engineering. ” We look forward to returning these two aircraft to service after they complete their scheduled maintenance base visits.”
These are the only two aircraft in American’s A300 fleet that were identified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Airbus as candidates for the current voluntary inspections.
Vertical stabilizer inspections were prompted by a Feb. 8 safety recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) as part of the Flight 587 investigation. The NTSB has not reached any conclusions about the probable cause of that accident.
As has been the case throughout the investigation, the investigative parties, including governmental agencies, continue to support the airworthiness of the A300.
American currently operates a fleet of 34 A300s, representing less than 4 percent of its fleet. The aircraft operate along the Eastern seaboard and in the Northern Latin America market.