Flybe grounds planes after crashes

12th Sep 2007

Following advice from Bombardier, Flybe has grounded six of its Q400 turboprop aircraft while safety checks are carried out on their landing gear.
Two of these planes owned by SAS crashed on landing in Europe in the past three days but no passengers have been injured.

Flybe released the following statement:

“Bombardier, the manufacturers of the Q400, one of the types of aircraft operated by Flybe, has this morning recommended all operators of the aircraft to inspect the landing gear on all Q400’s with over 10,000 landings.

This inspection affects six of our Flybe Q400 aircraft. Flybe has 74 aircraft of all types in its fleet.

Flybe has immediately followed this advice and is inspecting the aircraft. We are reviewing options to minimise disruption to today’s flying programme.”



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