ASA cancels 3 Gainesville flights for safety inspections


Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 2:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 2:43 p.m.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines canceled three Gainesville flights Wednesday after grounding 60 jets for safety inspections.

The Delta regional carrier brought in two more jets to handle passengers. Delta rebooked passengers from the canceled flights onto the next available flights, including the two extra jets and the five regularly scheduled flights that were not canceled, according to Gainesville Regional Airport spokeswoman Michelle Danisovszky.

The grounding was not expected to affect Thursday flights into and out of Gainesville, according to Ken Williams, ASA station manager.

Atlanta-based ASA grounded the jets after an internal audit raised concerns about whether the engines on the 50-seat Bombadier CRJ200s had been inspected to the manufacturer’s guidelines, The Associated Press reported.

The company reported the problem to the Federal Aviation Administration and grounded the planes for re-inspection.

ASA has 112 CRJ200s and 40 other jets. The company sent an unscheduled 70-seat CRJ700 to Gainesville in the morning and another CRJ200 in the afternoon.

Neither Delta nor ASA could say how many flights were delayed or canceled. Delta said it was rescheduling ASA passengers to other regional carriers or Delta planes. ASA serves 110 airports in the U.S., Bahamas and Canada.

Delta had more time to reschedule passengers than they typically do during last-minute weather cancellations, Danisovszky said.

ASA spokeswoman Kate Modolo told the AP they hoped to have all planes returned to service by 8 p.m. Thursday.

The canceled flights in Gainesville were arrivals at 9 and 11:03 a.m. and 2:17 p.m., and departures at 9:25 and 11:28 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Contact Anthony Clark at anthony.clark@gvillesun.com or 352-374-5094.

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