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American Airlines inspecting jets for loose seats after 2 separate incidents

DALLAS -- The U.S. government is examining two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose midflight on American Airlines planes in the last three days.

American said Monday that it would inspect those and six other Boeing 757 jets overnight.

The Federal Aviation Administration said both planes had recently undergone maintenance work that required seats to be removed and reinstalled. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said an initial review found that there could be a problem with the way the seats fit into tracks on the floor.

“Out of an abundance of caution, American has decided to proactively re-inspect eight 757s today that could possibly have this same issue,” Huguely said. The FAA said it is looking into the incidents but didn't provide many more details.

Boeing Co. declined to comment other than to say it had nothing to do with the recent maintenance work involving seats.

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