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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-A 19-year-old disc broke apart inside the engine of an American Airlines plane taking off from Chicago O’Hare on Friday. According to the Wall Street Journal, the engine failure has launched a “wide-ranging probe” into certain types of General Electric engines. “At least four other planes powered by the same GE family of engines have experienced serious engine malfunctions since 2000, including a pair of single-engine failures while airborne,” the article says.

-A Washington D.C. federal judge declined to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit against four U.S. airlines that alleges the airlines conspired to raise fares starting in 2009. The suit says the airlines colluded to reduce seat capacity while also raising fares as fuel prices dropped. “U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she could “reasonably infer the existence of a conspiracy” among American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Continental Holdings to fix prices,” Reuters reports in this article.

-American Airlines said 500 Phoenix-based pilots will need to find a new crew base likely by the summer of 2017, according to this article by The’s Ted Reed. The airline outlined the plan to shift Phoenix-based pilots to other bases in an email last Friday. “While the 500 Phoenix Airbus A320 pilots will have to find new bases, other pilots may be able to move into Phoenix: American said it will offer a voluntary mutual base exchange option to pilots who can find someone to trade bases. Additionally, a few Boeing 757 positions will be created in Phoenix,” the article says.