FORT WORTH, Texas -- Federal oversight of American Airlines has been increased in the wake of three mishaps during landings in December, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Two incidents involved jetliners’ wingtips touching the ground during landings. The third occurred last week in Jamaica when a plane overshot the runway during heavy rain.
"In situations where there may be several incidents involving a single carrier over a short period of time, FAA inspectors increase their oversight, which we’re doing now, and conduct a review of those events to determine whether they might be indicative of a larger issue," FAA officials said in a statement released Friday.
Depending on what inspectors report, the FAA will work with the Fort Worth-based carrier on corrective action, if needed, according to the statement.
Such an increase in oversight could also lead to "additional enforcement actions."
An American spokesman said Friday evening that the airline is cooperating with the FAA and conducting its own investigation.
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