Qantas grounds four DHC-8-400Q’s due to cracks in landing gear component

Qantas reported that five De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 aircraft operated by its regional airline QantasLink had been temporarily removed from service following an inspection by the airline of a main landing gear component.

During these inspections cracks were discovered in a major component of a landing gear fitting in five of its 21 DHC-8-Q400 aircraft, with the remaining 16 unaffected and to remain in service, according to the Australian Associated Press.

The inspections were probably carried out following two recent Airworthiness Directives:

  • CF-2010-22 Main Landing Gear Stabilizer Extension Spring (August 10, 2010)
  • CF-2010-23 Main Landing Gear – Failure to Extend (August 16, 2010)
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