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50 Flights At Sky Harbor Affected By Record-Breaking Heat

Dozens of planes have been grounded in Phoenix because of extreme heat. Fifty flights have been canceled or delayed today.

The record-breaking heat wave has forced American Airlines to cancel regional flights that rely on smaller aircraft. That’s because the air’s density is so altered that smaller planes need a longer runway to take off.

Ross Feinstein with American says only shorter routes are being affected.

“It’s not our mainline aircraft that we operate via our Boeing or Airbus fleet, which has a higher threshold when it comes to the temperature,” Feinstein said.

The manufacturer determines the maximum operating temperatures. The forecast shows things may cool a bit later this week.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.