Regional carrier ASA grounds jets for inspections

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a major regional
carrier for Delta Air Lines, says it has grounded 60 of its 110
50-passenger jets after an internal audit raised safety concerns.

Company spokeswoman Kate Modolo said the groundings were
expected to cause some flight delays for passengers flying ASA.

It could take 36 to 42 hours to complete the inspections.

Modolo said the paperwork audit raised questions about whether
the engines on Bombardier CRJ200 jets had been properly inspected
according to the guidelines provided by the engines' manufacturer.

She said the company reported the problem itself to the Federal
Aviation Administration and grounded the planes so they could
re-inspected as a precautionary measure.

The number of flights affected and the length of any delays
today and beyond were not immediately known.

The airline provides air service to Birmingham, Montgomery and

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