Missing Springs in Pilot Seat Delays Philly to Miami Flight

Flight was delayed more than an hour

By Shelley Laurence
|  Thursday, Oct 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:31 PM EDT
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Missing Springs in Pilot Seat Delays Flight

NBCPhiladelphia.com

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A Philadelphia to Miami flight was delayed Thursday night, after the pilot announced there were springs missing from his seat.

According to 6 South Florida's web site, American Airlines flight 469 was supposed to leave Philadelphia International airport at 6:40 p.m., but left just before 8 p.m.

Megan McNally, a passenger on the plane, told NBC 6 South Florida that people on the plane were agitated.

"They told us that they don't have any planes and that they wouldn't be able to put us on another one, so it would be on us to figure out what to do," she said.

American Airlines tells NBC10 the delay was due to a maintenance issue. The plane is a Boeing 737.

The airline said Thursday it is grounding its Boeing 757s as soon as they land to fix seats that could pop loose during flight. Rows of passenger seats came loose on three recent American Airlines flights.

American blames a combination of wear, poor design and even spilled soda. It is working with the FAA to correct the problem.

The company is working with the F.A.A. to fix the problem, but warn passengers there could be delays through Saturday.

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