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Some Boeing 737s in Canada inspected after wing cracks found in Australian planes

Some Boeing 737s in Canada inspected after wing cracks found in Australian planes
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Australian airline Qantas on Thursday rejected calls to ground its Boeing 737s after claims that a second aircraft in its fleet was found with a crack in its wing structure.

The airline has been inspecting its aircraft following calls this month from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for all airlines to check Boeing 737 NG planes that had completed more than 30,000 takeoff and landing cycles for cracking in a part that helps keep wings attached to the fuselage.

Qantas on Wednesday said it had found cracking in one 737 that had completed just less than 27,000 cycles, and that the plane had been removed from service and sent for repairs.

On Thursday, the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, the body representing the workers who carry out the checks, said another Qantas 737 had been found with “a cracked primary wing structure,” and urged the airline to ground its fleet of the planes until they are all checked.

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“These aircraft should be kept safe on the ground until urgent inspections are completed,” association secretary Steve Purvinas said in a statement.

However, Qantas’ head of engineering Chris Snook said the call to ground the fleet was “completely irresponsible,” saying the airline would never operate a plane unless it was “completely safe to do so.”

“Even when a crack is present, it does not immediately compromise the safety of the aircraft,” Snook added.
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