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Cape Air Flights Pared Back for Safety Checks

June 14, 2007 — Cape Air has pared back its flights though Sunday to assess and fix irregular wear on planes' engines, the airline said Wednesday.
The voluntary flight cancellations effect the small airline's operations in Nantucket, New England, Florida and the Virgin Islands, said Leslie Duda, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts-based airline.
"This voluntary ramp down, which will result in the cancellation of most flights, is a conservative yet wise precaution," airline executives said in a written statement. "Several recent engine abnormalities have led us to examine the wear rate in one of the engine components. To eliminate any risk this could create, replacement parts will be installed in every airplane and we have brought in colleagues from the engine manufacturer and the FAA to support our effort."
Cape Air operates 49 Cessna-402 airplanes on the U.S. mainland and in the Caribbean.
From Thursday through Saturday, Cape Air flights in the Caribbean will be limited, although the exact flights cancelled was not clear. The flight changes started Wednesday.
Cape Air customers in the Caribbean whose flights have been cancelled may be able to get complimentary tickets on other airlines, or through other routes. For more information, contact Cape Air at (See flycapeair.com or by calling 1-800-352-0714.
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