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American sees end to flight chaos

American Airlines MD-80 aircraft
Hundreds of thousands of passengers have been affected

American Airlines says it hopes to get back to running a normal service by Sunday.

The airline, which is the world's biggest, has had to cancel more than 3,000 flights this week to inspect the wiring on its MD-80 aircraft.

The cancellations have left hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded.

The airline has cancelled 200 of Saturday's flights, but said it hoped to have all of the aircraft ready to return to service by the afternoon.

American Airlines had cancelled 595 flights on Friday, three days after the company grounded 300 of its planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had raised concerns about inspections of the planes' wiring.

The FAA has been clamping down on safety inspections and several airlines have been forced to ground planes.

Three quarters of its MD-80 planes, which mostly fly US domestic routes, have now been inspected and returned to service, the airline said.

So far a third of a million passengers have been left stranded by the cancellations.

The airline says the cost of compensating them could run into "tens of millions of dollars".

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