BOEING SAFETY ISSUES Qantas steps up checks for cracks in 737 aircraft

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Qantas Airways Ltd confirmed that they are inspecting 33 aircraft for structural cracks on Boeing Co’s 737 NGs, after discovering problems with planes that did not require urgent inspections.

Qantas Fleet Safety Captain, Debbie Slade confirmed that the airline had found one crack in an aircraft component.

The cracks are on what is known as the “pickle fork” – a part that attaches the plane’s fuselage, or body, to the wing structure.

Boeing on October 11 said 38 planes worldwide had been grounded after urgent checks but has not provided a further update. 

The issue surfaced while the newer 737 MAX model is grounded globally following two deadly crashes.

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