The American Airlines Plane That I Will Be Avoiding In 2019


Worried about flying on “unlucky” planes? As a nervous flyer, I like to avoid specific planes with ongoing technical faults. I will also be avoiding one particular Airbus A321 in American’s fleet.

Last Thursday, American Airlines passengers were put back onto an aircraft, which was forced into an emergency landing the previous day after an electrical fault, and the same thing happened again.

According to the Aviation Herald, the plane in question was an American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N103NN. The crew stopped the climb at about 8500 feet due to smoke in the cabin and returned to Phoenix for a safe landing about 20 minutes after departure.

An electrical odor from the chiller occurred for the second time, even though maintenance had worked to resolve the problem.

A chiller is unlikely to be the cause of an accident, as a chiller isn’t what powers the plane. That said, any electrical fire onboard on any aircraft is an extremely serious situation, so I will be giving this particular aircraft a wide berth until we see evidence that this chiller issue has actually been fixed.

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Photo of American Airlines planes parked at London Heathrow last month.

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