— The American Airlines plane that was headed to Detroit in a cargo-hauling mission has been grounded while investigators probe what happened.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it has suspended all commercial and government air travel to the Detroit area until a new investigation into the cause of the plane’s demise is complete.
Agency spokesman Matt Biederman confirmed the decision to suspend the flights and to seek further clarification from the FAA.
Biederman said the FAA has notified the state’s aviation office, which has jurisdiction over air transportation, about the matter.
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“As we move forward, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of our customers,” Biedeman said.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement that the agency has no further information about the incident or the cause.
American Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer DeSantis said the company had no further comment.
It is not known when the flight was scheduled to leave for Detroit.
DeSantis also said the airline was still waiting for information from the Detroit Aviation Department, which would help determine what happened to the plane.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he had spoken with American Airlines CEO Robert White on Tuesday and was looking into the airline’s situation.
Duggan said the airport was “absolutely devastated” by the plane crash.
On the day of the crash, a large plane with American logos was flying overhead as a cargo ship headed from the Gulf of Mexico to Detroit.
The plane was carrying more than 600 people.
In an e-mail to employees on Tuesday, White said, “We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic accident, which was completely preventable.
We will fully cooperate with the authorities and continue to work with our partners to understand the facts of this tragedy.
I’m in constant communication with my team and I’ve ordered a full review of all aspects of the company.
We are working diligently to support our employees and our customers.”
The plane was part of the U.S. Air Force’s Cargo Carrier Air Group, which is used to ferry military cargo.
The airline’s logo was prominently displayed on the plane, and passengers were given an American Airlines “Welcome to Detroit” sign to give them a sense of security before boarding the plane on a charter flight.
Several flights, including the Detroit-bound flight, have been canceled since the accident.
About 80 percent of the passengers were on the Boeing 757 that crashed, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.
The agency said that a “significant portion” of the 757s cargo was still on the flight.
The Transportation Security Agency also said that the crash did not appear to be caused by human error.
The Federal Aviation Authority said it would conduct a criminal investigation into what happened, and the Transportation Department is conducting its own.