Qantas is urged to ground ALL its 737 & # 39; s after a crack was found in one of the airline's aircraft
- Qantas carries out urgent checks on 33 aircraft with more than 22,000 cycles
- The cracks were found during the & # 39; pickle fork & # 39; from a Boeing 737 maintenance
- The repair costs are set to cost the airline an estimated $ 40,000 per aircraft
Qantas has been urged to ground all 737 aircraft after a second crack was found in one of the airline's aircraft.
The airline started with immediate checks on 33 planes after a crack was found during routine maintenance checks on Wednesday.
The crack was discovered on the & # 39; pickle fork & # 39; of a Boeing 737 – the part that attaches the body to the wing.
And now the airline engineers' unions want the entire fleet to go aground after a new crack was found early Thursday morning, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Qantas initiates immediate checks on 33 aircraft after cracks were found during routine maintenance (photo: Qantas stock image)
The discovery follows global concerns that some aircraft have completed 30,000 take-off and landing cycles.
The US Federal Aviation Administration ordered checks of the newer 737 MAX model after two fatal accidents.
Aircraft with 22,600 to 29,999 cycles were ordered to be inspected every 1000 cycles.
& # 39; We have found an example of cracking in an airplane with just under 27,000 cycles, and this aircraft has been taken out of service for repair, & # 39; Qantas told the ABC.
Qantas also said that the cracks are not safety issues (photo: Qantas stock image)
Qantas also said that the cracks are not a safety risk.
& # 39; Qantas would never fly an airplane unless it was completely safe to do so. Detailed analysis by Boeing shows that even when a crack is present, it does not immediately compromise the safety of the aircraft, & it said.
The repair costs are estimated at $ 40,000 per aircraft, aviation consulting firm IBA told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Qantas.
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