Australia’s largest airline to check all BOEING 737 of its fleet for defects

Qantas, the largest Australian airline, will conduct a comprehensive inspection of Boeing 737 aircraft in its fleet after detecting fuselage defects on its two aircraft, ABC Broadcasting Company announced on Thursday.

According to this source, the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) said that cracks previously found on two Boeing 737 aircraft from the Qantas fleet pose a serious threat to the safety of the aircraft and should cause them to stop operating for the duration of the test.

Stephen Purvinas, CEO, ALAEA, said, “These planes should not fly. While Qantas does not know exactly which planes have cracks and which ones do not, it is necessary to freeze the operation of the entire fleet (Boeing 737 planes) until it is known exactly which planes can safely fly.”

Qantas Airlines said they would conduct a thorough check of all the airliners of this model in their fleet after detecting cracks in the fuselages of two Boeing 737 aircraft, but noted that the detected defects did not jeopardize flight safety and called calls for the termination of aircraft operation unreasonable.

“We will never operate the aircraft unless it is absolutely safe,” said Chant Snook, chief engineer, Qantas.

The operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was suspended after two air crashes. On March 10 2019, Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people. On October 29, 2018, 189 people became victims of the crash of an aircraft of a similar model of Lion Air, Indonesia.

Boeing management acknowledged that in both cases on board aircraft before they crashed, there was a malfunction in the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). After that, many countries, including Russia, the USA, and also the EU states, suspended the operation of aircraft of this series for safety reasons.

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