- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlantic Southeast Airlines expects to resume full operations later Thursday, after grounding 60 planes for safety inspections.

The subsidiary of SkyWest and feeder carrier for Delta Air Lines says the groundings have led to cancellation of 272 flights. ASA expects to resume a normal flight schedule by midday.

ASA grounded a portion of its 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 jets after an internal audit raised questions about whether the engines had been properly inspected according to the guidelines provided by the engines’ manufacturer. The re-inspections were done as a precaution.

The groundings represent nearly 40 percent of ASA’s total fleet.

Atlanta-based Delta sold ASA to St. George, Utah-based SkyWest in 2005. ASA remains a regional carrier for Delta.

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