Aussie air­line grounds six planes

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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

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