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American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights in the last three days of the year because of crew shortages caused by a pilots sick-out, a spokeswoman said Monday.

The Allied Pilots Association has denied that there is any organized job action and has told its members to comply with a federal court order barring a slowdown.

American spokeswoman Mary O'Neill said 267 flights were canceled Monday because of crew shortages. An additional 364 flights were canceled because of insufficient crews over the weekend. Several hundred more flights were canceled because of bad weather.

The number of flight cancellations jumped dramatically in the last days of the month as reserve pilots completed their allotted flying time. Federal law limits the number of hours commercial pilots can fly each month.

The union, which represents the carrier's 8,700 pilots, has expressed unhappiness over a lack of progress in their 14-month-old contract talks. Negotiations are scheduled to resume Jan. 7.

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