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Dallas tornadoes take toll on Sea-Tac flights

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on April 4, 2012 at 7:11 am |
April 4, 2012 7:13 am

American Airlines has canceled two of its seven daily flights from Sea-Tac to Dallas today in the wake of a huge storm Tuesday in Dallas that resulted in severe tornado damage in that metropolitan area.

Tornadoes didn’t hit American’s hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport but an estimated 140 aircraft on the ground there suffered hail damage.

Flights to DFW were cancelled Tuesday during the storm, which resulted in some planes being out of position today to handle their scheduled flights today.

American says it is inspecting the hail damaged planes and getting them back in service as soon as possible. The airline reported that 94 of its planes suffered hail damage Tuesday. Sixty-six of those planes were American Airlines aircraft. The remainder belonged to American Eagle, the airline’s regional sister airline.

The airline canceled 424 flights into and out of DFW Wednesday morning connecting that hub with destinations throughout the country and the world.

At Sea-Tac, the airline canceled none of its flights Wednesday to its other big hub at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

Alaska Airlines’ two daily flights to DFW are unaffected and were running on schedule today.

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