Aussie airline grounds six planes
Sydney: A regional Australian airline has grounded six planes from its fleet after a propeller fell off one of them as it approached Sydney airport.
The near-disaster happened on Friday, with the crew shutting down the right-hand engine on the Saab 340 plane after “abnormal indications” before the propeller sheared off.
Despite the scare, the twin-propeller Regional Express (Rex) plane carrying 16 passengers and three crew landed safely.
The airline said that while investigations were underway, it would remove from service all planes using similar propeller gearboxes and shafts, accounting for six planes from its fleet of 55.
“This is an extremely rare event and the only other recorded similar event was in 1991 when US carrier Comair’s aircraft also landed safely after a separation of its propeller,” said Rex chief operating officer Neville Howell.
The propeller has yet to be found. — AFP