Qantas grounded three of its Boeing 737NGs after discovering hairline structural cracks in the aircraft during inspections. The US FAA issued an airworthiness directive Oct. 3 requiring inspections by 737NG operators. The directive came after cracks were found in left- and right-side outboard chords and failsafe straps on three 737-800s being converted to freighters. Qantas said it conducted inspections on 33 of its 737s and three “were found to have a hairline crack in the pickle ...

Subscribe to Access this Entire Article

"Qantas grounds three 737NGs after cracks discovered" is part of ATW Plus, our online premium membership. Subscribing will provide you access to exclusive news, carefully researched airline financial, fleet and traffic data, plus the option to receive our popular, award-winning print magazine. To learn more, click here. If viewing via ATW Mobile, please login and click "Read web article" to view fully. Questions?

Already registered? Log in here.