Tue, Jan 20, 2004
Thousands Of Passengers Affected By Discovery
The Japanese air travel
industry took a hit Monday after Japan Air System cancelled 120
domestic flights affecting 7,000 passengers after discovering
cracks in engine parts from at least seven McDonnell Douglas
This discovery came after Asia's top carrier -- Japan Airlines
System (JAS)-- reported engine troubles on January 6 and 7 with two
of their MD-80 and MD-87 jets (MD-80 file photo above).
When Pratt and Whitney was asked to check the engine parts for
deficiencies, engineers discovered several cracks in engine
compressors from the two aircraft. JAS followed with its own
investigation on engine parts used in six other McDonnell Douglas
jets and found the same type of cracks in those aircraft.
The discovery of the cracks in at least seven planes prompted
JAS to investigate the other 19 MD jets in its fleet, including 14
MD-81s and five MD-87s, resulting in the cancellation of 120
domestic flights on Monday alone.
Not being able to offer
to much assistance to the stranded passengers, the airline
explained it was still examining other McDonnell Douglas jets in
"At this moment, we cannot tell when the inspection of the 19
aircraft will end," said JAS spokesman Hirohide Ishikawa.
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