Australian Aviation Engineers union called Qantas to ground its entire Boeing 737 fleet, after cracks found on “pickle fork” on a second of its aircraft overnight.
Qantas currently operates 75 Boeing 737-800s and cracks were discovered on two of its aircraft.
Maintenance crew carried out immediate inspections on its Boeing 737 NGs, after the US Federal Aviation Administration ordered global airlines to check any 737s that had completed 30,000 flights for cracks.
Qantas carried out inspections as a precautionary measure even “none of Qantas’ 737s have reached the 30,000 cycle mark”.
Engineers “will have inspected 33 aircraft with more than 22,600 cycles by the end of the week rather than the seven months required”… and “these aircraft should not be flying”..Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) head Steven Purvinas said
The “pickle fork” is part that attaches the plane’s fuselage to the wing structure, and takes the load off the wing.
Boeing said earlier this month 38 planes, nearly 5% of 810 inspections carried out worldwide have found cracks in the part called “Pickle Fork”