Passenger seats on a third American Airlines flight came loose as the plane was airborne, the troubled airline acknowledged Tuesday.
Seats came loose on a flight last week between Vail, Colo., and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, following similar problems on a flight Saturday and another Monday, the airline said.
The seat problems come as American Airlines, whose parent company, AMR, filed for bankruptcy last year, is mired in a labor dispute with its pilots. The airline also recently issued 11,000 layoff notices as part of its efforts to cut labor costs by 20%.
But American Airlines officials say the problem with the seats is a mechanical issue not related to its labor problems.
"We’re working very diligently to gather all the facts related to our 757 seats issue," said Kent Powell, a spokesman for the airline. "Our maintenance teams continue to inspect aircraft in our 757 fleet to determine what caused the issue."