Another American Airlines Flight Disrupted; Stuck Landing Gear

Maintenance issues plague American Americans during union dispute.
3:00 | 10/03/12

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And now, we turn to a headline that sounded impossible to us today. Word of yet another american airlines flight forced to land. Passengers bracing for impact. In the end, the landing gear came down, but some suspicious passengers are telling us they actually wonder if pilots and other employees are negotiating their labor disputes from 30,000 feet. Abc's senior national correspondent jim avila put that question to a pilot who believes in his former airline. Reporter: The dallas operations center where american airlines struggles to manage delays twice as severe as its competitors and one airborne emergency after another. Emergency at this time. We're coming back into dallas. Reporter: Nerve wracking for some passengers, now suspicious that each new delay, each new crisis may be somehow self-induc. Are they really heroes or are they guys just creating a job action? Reporter: Former american airlines pilot john carr says pilots would not go that far. But it's clear, he says, that despite union denials, pilots are using their ultimate power to delay flights. You know, you have a very complex machine that's being operated and there is always going to be some little thing or something that's not quite right. Reporter: If true, a tactic that seems to be working for pilots. Today, union and company back to the bargaining table for the first time in months. Jim avila, abc news, washington.

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