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NEWPORT NEWS -- It was a busy day for PEOPLExpress after a weekend that was a nightmare for the airline and some travelers.

Numerous flights had to be cancelled after two pilots had medical emergencies.

Federal regulations requiring pilots to be off a certain amount of time before flights reportedly prevented the airline from bringing in substitutes.

Michael Morisi, the founder of the airline, called the debacle the perfect storm.


PEOPLExpress reportedly paid $25,000 on hotel rooms and meals for stranded travelers.

With several emergencies, people were put on flights with other airlines.

Four new pilots will start flying for the airline next week.

'We don't anticipate having these problems again,' said Morisi.

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