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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.

Read full story: aljazeera.com

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