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American Airlines canceled flights in Phoenix because it's too hot for planes to fly


American Airlines announced Tuesday that it will cancel nearly 40 flights arriving in or departing from Phoenix due to forecasts calling for extreme heat, Fox 10 reported.

According to a statement from American Airlines, regional flights under the American Eagle brand use the Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which has a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees.

Tuesday's forecast for Phoenix, Arizona, calls for a high of 120 degrees. 

The cancellations apply to flights that are arriving or departing Sky Harbor Airport between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time. Customers are expected to reschedule their flights or they may receive a refund, according to the airline.

According to the airline, extreme heat can hinder their plane's ability to take off. The higher the temperature climbs, the more speed a plane needs to get off the ground. 

The canceled flights come weeks after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, said the city could face economic and ecological turmoil due to high temperatures caused by climate change.

"Here in Arizona, extreme heat as a result of climate change is a huge issue," Stanton said in a public statement. "This is not a hypothetical debate. It's happening in real time here in Arizona.

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