- November 20, 2000: The purser of American Airlines Flight 1291, an Airbus A300, died when a jammed cabin door opened abruptly during an emergency evacuation at Miami International Airport.
- September 11, 2001 attacks: Two American Airlines aircraft were hijacked and crashed: American Airlines Flight 77 (a Boeing 757) was intentionally crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington D.C. and American Airlines Flight 11 (a Boeing 767) was intentionally crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
- November 12, 2001: American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 crashed in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of New York City due to separation of the vertical stabilizer. All 260 people aboard the jetliner and 5 people on the ground were killed.
- December 22, 2001: A plot to bomb American Airlines Flight 63 by "shoe bomber" Richard Reid was foiled. The flight was en route from Paris Charles De Gaulle to Miami, and was diverted to Boston's Logan Airport.
- December 7, 2005: Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924, who officials said had claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag, was shot and killed by a team of federal air marshals on the jetway as passengers boarded at Miami International Airport for a flight to Orlando, Florida, from Medellín, Colombia.
- June 2, 2006: A Boeing 767-223ER (registered N330AA, MSN: 22330/LN: 166) suffered a catastrophic engine failure and fire whilst under maintenance at Los Angeles International Airport. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20060602-0
- September 28, 2007: American Airlines Flight 1400, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to O'Hare International Airport suffered an engine fire on take off. The aircraft returned to Lambert-St Louis where a successful emergency landing was made after the nose gear had to be extended by the emergency landing gear extension procedure. No injuries were reported among the 138 passengers and crew, although the aircraft was substantially damaged.
- May 9, 2009: Thomas Jukovich, an American Airlines ramp worker, died after falling to the ground while loading luggage into Flight 995, at Miami International Airport. The aircraft, a Boeing 777, was scheduled to depart to São Paulo, Brazil. The flight was later cancelled.
- December 22, 2009: American Airlines Flight 331 overran the runway in heavy rain at Kingston, Jamaica during landing and came to rest on an access road just short of the Caribbean Sea, with its fuselage broken in three. More than 40 people were injured.
- May 3, 2011: An American Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Heathrow Airport to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing in Moncton after smoke started to fill the cockpit. It was later discovered to be a battery overheating. None of the 150 passengers were injured.
- July 31, 2012: Two aircraft from Ryanair and American Airlines collided while taxiing at Barcelona, resulting in a deep cut in the horizontal stabilizer of the American Airlines jet and a dent in the wing of the Ryanair jet. Somehow, both planes took off anyway, with danger of a failure at any moment. Both planes landed safely at their destinations and no one was injured. The American Airlines crew were unaware of the collision, but the Ryanair crew was fully aware of the situation while taking off.
- August 24th, 2012: American Airlines Flight #2238 bound for Charlotte out of Dallas; was diverted to Birmingham after the left engine had to be shut down in mid flight. The left engine caught fire from leaking Hydraulic Fluid and had to be put down immediately. No injuries were reported.
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