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Old 31st October 2019, 11:05 AM
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Calls for Qantas to ground Boeing 737 fleet after crack discovered on second aircraft

Australia's aviation engineering union has called on Qantas to ground its entire Boeing 737 fleet after a crack was discovered on a second aircraft overnight.

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

The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) said both cracks were on a part of the plane called the "pickle fork", which holds up the wings.

"These aircrafts 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 aircrafts do or don't have cracks, they should ground the entire fleet until they know which are safe to fly."

The airline said the cracks did not compromise safety and that calls to ground its fleet were unreasonable.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-...g-737/11657146

Qantas, Southwest Airlines checking Boeing 737 planes for structural cracks

https://www.news.com.au/travel/trave...896ae905642421

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Old 1st November 2019, 10:21 AM
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While I do have respect for Steve Purvinas, no aviation professional should use the word aircrafts.
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Old 1st November 2019, 11:07 AM
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3 a/c found with cracks and grounded.
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Old 1st November 2019, 01:12 PM
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Do we know which these 3 aircraft are?
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Boeing flown;734,738, 739,753, 772,77W, 789
Airbus flown; 319,320,321,332,388
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Old 1st November 2019, 01:44 PM
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Qantas Press Conference here: Source Youtube - 7 News

This youtube file from Waren Brown has the FAA AD, plus some other illustrations to explain.
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Old 1st November 2019, 02:51 PM
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https://australianaviation.com.au/20...n-pickle-fork/

More info, no aircraft identified as yet
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Old 1st November 2019, 03:11 PM
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Just check the fleet and a few candidates are:

VXA parked Melb since 30/10
VXU parked Bris since 29/10
VXC Bris maint since 15/10
VXM Bris maint since 18/10
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Old 1st November 2019, 03:24 PM
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Not surprised if its VXA and VXC given they were early deliveries.
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Old 2nd November 2019, 10:52 AM
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Are those 4 in the range for the number of cycles mentioned? Around 27,000 or so, I think?
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Old 2nd November 2019, 10:57 AM
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Quite funny really...every time Steve Purvinas says it's black, Qantas says it's white!
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