Dozens American Airlines flights from Phoenix airport cancelled on Tuesday

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This is about a technical problem: extreme temperatures hamper a plane’s ability to get off the ground. If the temperatures increase, the plane needs more speed and longer runways to take off. It’s really difficult to appreciate how thing will happen. The American Eagle regional flights in question use the Bombardier CRJ aircraft .They have a top operating temperature of 118 degrees, according to an American Airlines statement. On the other part, a fact is known: many deadly planes accident occur if the take off fails. The Bombardier CRJ700, CRJ900, and CRJ1000 , equipped with a General Electric CF34  engine, have 876 km/h top speed. Jets like Airbus and Boeing have bigger engines and less problems with the increase of temperature.

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Flight into the hot hell

American Airlines said the flights generally are scheduled to depart or arrive in Phoenix Tuesday between 3 and  6 p.m., when the highest daytime temperatures typically are reached. The actual decision of the airline was for passengers security reasons. Customers have been encouraged to contact the airline for rebooking options or to get their money back. The National Weather Service as of Monday afternoon issued warning for Southwest to be ready for 120 degrees in Phoenix, a temperature not seen in the desert city in more than 20 years, which will also be felt in Las Vegas and Southern California. Phoenix’s record-setting high temperature of 122 degrees was on June 26, 1990.

UPDATE:

The cancellations include flights in and out of Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday afternoon, as well as flights to and from a number of smaller airports in the Southwest: Austin, Durango, Bakersfield, Burbank, Fresno, Long Beach, Monterey, Santa Fe, Palm Springs, El Paso, Mazatlan, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ontario, California.Flights headed to and from Tucson this afternoon have also been cancelled.

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