Rex grounds five planes
- BTN News
- Monday, 20 March 2017
In Australia, five Regional Express Airlines (Rex) passenger planes had been grounded after a propeller fell off an airliner as it approached Sydney Airport.
The Saab 340 carrying 19 passengers and crew landed safely.
The airline then grounded another five of its fleet of 55 Saab 340s because their propeller gear boxes and shafts were from the same series as the defective propeller.
"This is an extremely rare event," Rex's chief operating officer Neville Howell said.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation team is examining the damaged aircraft in Sydney, though searchers by Monday had failed to find the missing propeller.
Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association president Paul Cousin said it was lucky the propeller had not sliced into the fuselage or tail of the plane.
The Saab 340 is designed to climb, cruise and land on a single engine.