Horizon Air Grounds 19 Planes, Cancels 113 Flights

Horizon Air canceled 113 of its 500 departures today in the western United States and Canada to inspect 19 planes similar to two planes that had landing gear problems in Europe.

Airline spokeswoman Caroline Boren in Seattle says it's a precaution recommended by Bombardier (bom-BAR'-de-ay), the maker of the Q400 turboprop.

Boren says the airline doesn't know yet how long the planes will be out of service. The inspections involve planes with more than 10,000 takeoff-and-landing cycles.

Boren says Horizon has been flying Q400s since 2001 and has not
experienced any landing gear problems. The plane seats about 75
passengers.

Partner airline Alaska has added 13 flights to pick up some of the passengers and others are being accommodated on other airlines.

Horizon serves 48 cities throughout California, Colorado, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and British Columbia and
Alberta.


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