Will Quantas Ground its entire 737 fleet?

Will Quantas Ground its entire 737 fleet?
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Calls for Qantas to ground Boeing 737 fleet after claims crack discovered on second aircraft

A Qantas 737-838PHOTO: Qantas said it was inspecting over 30 of its Boeing 737 aircraft. (Supplied: Australian Transport Safety Bureau)
Qantas is facing calls to ground its entire fleet of Boeing 737s after claims two of the aircraft have developed cracks in a crucial part of the wing structure.

Key points:

  • Qantas’s engineering boss said calls to ground its fleet were “completely irresponsible”
  • The airline is inspecting 33 of its Boeing 737s
  • There have been similar problems with Boeing 737s around the world

The airline on Wednesday said it would immediately inspect 33 Boeing 737 planes after a crack was found on one of them during a scheduled maintenance check.

The airline did not confirm if cracks had been found in any other planes.

However, the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) claimed a crack in a second jet was found last night.

It said both cracks were on a part of the plane called the “pickle fork”, which holds up the wings.

“These aircraft should not be flying,” ALAEA boss Steven Purvinas said.

“The area where the crack is takes the load off the wing and all the fuel it carries.

“As long as Qantas is unaware which aircraft do or don’t have cracks, they should ground the entire fleet until they know which are safe to fly.”

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