American Airlines Mishaps Spark Scrutiny
This video frame grab image from CVM Television shows the American Airlines flight 331 early Wednesday morning Dec. 23, 2009 after it overshot the runway Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston Jamaica and skidded to within 10 or 15 feet of the Caribbean Sea, injuring more than 40 people, according to officials. The plane's fuselage was cracked, both engines broke off from the impact, and the left main landing gear collapsed, airline spokesman Tim Smith said. (AP Photo/CVM) JAMAICA OUT .
The Federal Aviation Administration is increasing oversight of American Airlines after three mishaps during landings last month.
Jetliners' wingtips touched the ground during two landings, one in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 13, the other in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 24. And in Jamaica, a plane on Dec. 22.
FAA officials said in a statement Friday they will conduct a review of the mishaps to see if there might be a larger issue.
The statement says that if needed, the FAA will work with American on corrective action.
A spokesman for American, a unit of Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp., told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday that the company is cooperating with the FAA and conducting its own investigation.
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