Flights are cancelled after a door on a Qantas plane is almost RIPPED OFF during a maintenance inspection
- Qantas A380 had its door ripped off during a maintenance inspection in Sydney
- The double-deck aircraft slammed into scaffolding as it was being removed
- Two flights between Sydney and Dallas in the United States had to be cancelled
- It comes after cracks were found on three Qantas Boeing 737 planes last month
Flights had to be cancelled after the door of a Qantas A380 was ripped off as it was being rolled out of a maintenance inspection.
The double-deck aircraft slammed into scaffolding as it was being removed after a routine check at Sydney Airport on Friday.
A flight from Sydney to Dallas in the United States on Saturday afternoon was then cancelled, as well as a return flight that was due to leave Dallas on Sunday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Flights had to be cancelled after the door of a Qantas A380 was ripped off (pictured) as it was being rolled out of a maintenance inspection
Passengers who were due to board the flights between Sydney and the US have since been put on other services.
‘We are working to minimise impacts to our customers and we apologise for any delays,’ a Qantas statement read.
The damaged aircraft will take about two weeks to fix and is the fourth plane to become grounded after cracks were found on three Boeing 737 aircrafts in October.
The cracks were discovered on the ‘pickle fork’ of a Boeing 737 – the part which attaches the body to the wing.
The find follows worldwide concerns that some some planes have completed 30,000 take-off and landing cycles.
Qantas denied its planes had completed that many trips, but discovered the cracks in a plane with 26,700 take-offs and landings.
The double-deck aircraft was rolled into scaffolding following a routine maintenance check at Sydney Airport on Friday (stock image)
The US Federal Aviation Administration ordered checks of the newer 737 MAX model in the wake of two fatal accidents.
Qantas completed inspections on all 33 of its 737 planes and said the cracks aren’t a safety concern.
‘Qantas would never operate an aircraft unless it was completely safe to do so. Detailed analysis by Boeing shows that even when a crack is present, it does not immediately compromise the safety of the aircraft,’ it said.
The reparation cost is set to cost an estimated $40,000 per plane, aviation consultancy IBA told the Gold Coast Bulletin.