Qantas finds cracks in three of its Boeing 737 NG planes
1 Nov 2019 15:26:48
Australian airline Qantas Airways Ltd has found structural cracks in three of its Boeing Co 737 NG planes after conducting earlier-than-required checks of its aircraft, as part of a global issue with the model.
"Of the 33 of Qantas’ 737 aircraft that required inspection, three were found to have a hairline crack in the pickle fork structure. These aircraft have been removed from service for repair," Qantas said in a statement on Friday.
The "pickle fork" is the part that attaches the plane's fuselage, or body, to the wing structure.
All three Qantas jets had approximately 27,000 take-off and landing cycles rather than the 30,000 that had required immediate checks, but the planes were inspected in line with advice from regulators, the airline said in a statement.
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