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Airline grounds 60 jets for safety inspections

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  • Atlantic Southeast Airlines voluntarily grounds 60 of its 50-seat CRJ200 planes
  • Airline tells FAA the move is to ensure maintenance recommendations followed
  • Re-inspections started on Tuesday, should be done in 36 hours, airline says
  • Atlantic Southeast working with its partner, Delta, to rebook affected passengers
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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Atlantic Southeast Airlines has grounded 60 jets to conduct engine safety inspections, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

After an internal audit, the airline informed the Federal Aviation Administration that it was voluntarily grounding the planes "to ensure compliance with the engine manufacturer's maintenance recommendations," according to a statement from Atlantic Southeast Airlines spokeswoman Kate Modolo.

The re-inspections started Tuesday and the airline hopes to be finished within 36 hours, Modolo said.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines is an Atlanta, Georgia-based company that partners with Delta Airlines.

The re-inspections will cause some flights to be canceled and the airline is working with Delta to get customers on different flights, Modolo said.

"While safety remains our No. 1 priority, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some customers," Modolo said in the statement. "Impacted passengers are being contacted and reaccommodated on the next available flights and extra flights using other aircraft are being added in some markets."

The affected planes are all CRJ200 Bombardier jets, which seat 50 people.

CNN's Mayra Cuevas Nazario contributed to this report.

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