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American Airlines cancels 296 more flights due to hail-damaged planes

American Airlines canceled nearly 300 more flights on Friday as it continues to repair hail-damaged aircraft following extreme weather at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on Tuesday.

Aircraft and equipment sustained damage after hail storms hit DFW. About a dozen tornadoes were spotted in the area earlier this week. Despite significant damage, no casualties were reported.

American and American Eagle have canceled nearly 2,000 flights since Tuesday, including about 800 Tuesday, 500 Wednesday and 300 Thursday. 

Friday’s 296 cancellations are “good improvement” from earlier this week, Andrea Huguely, spokeswoman for American Airlines, told msnbc.com. “By tomorrow, operations will be close to normal.” The carrier put Friday’s cancellations in place late Thursday in order to contact and accommodate passengers who would be affected, she said.

American expects 27 flight cancellations on Saturday.

The hail storms knocked 80 planes out of service, 46 of which remain grounded and are being repaired.

American’s facilities at DFW are fine, and ground equipment suffered slight damage – “dings and dents,” Huguely said.

NBC-affiliate Click2Houston.com contributed to this story.

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