Bombardier calls for grounding of some aircraft
New York, September 12, 2007
Bombardier Inc said on Wednesday it recommended that Q400 aircraft with more than 10,000 landing gear cycles be grounded until an inspection.
The move follows two crashes involving landing gear.
The Canada-based company said there were about 60 Q400 aircraft with more than 10,000 landing gear cycles. A cycle is one take-off and landing. Bombardier said it has delivered more than 160 Q400 aircraft to airlines around the world.
Bombardier, the world's third-largest manufacturer of civilian aircraft, said Transport Canada has been briefed on these recent events, and it is working with TC to establish the requirement for further possible corrective action.
Bombardier's recommendation follows crashes in Denmark on Sunday and in Lithuania on Wednesday. No one was seriously injured in either crash, according to officials.
"Until such time as investigations are concluded by the relevant aviation authorities, Bombardier cannot speculate or comment as to the cause of these incidents," the company said in a statement.
The Q400 turboprop can seat between 68 and 78 passengers, depending on configuration. - Reuters