Qantas has had to temporarily ground 10 of its Bombardier Q400s after it discovered that they had missed an inspection required by the manufacturer.
“This is an administrative issue that relates to technical compliance and not a safety issue with the aircraft,” a Qantas representative said on Tuesday, without giving any further details. A person with knowledge of the situation said the delay was due to confusion over the need to inspect bolts that Qantas had replaced on some of its 31 Q400s following a directive from the aircraft maker Bombardier Inc. to do so. The airline subsequently discovered that follow-up inspections on the aircraft had not been completed, and removed the affected aircraft from service to complete them. It self-reported the issue to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. “We are rebooking affected customers on alternative flights and apologize for the inconvenience,” the Qantas spokesperson said. “Disruption is expected to be minimal aircraft have already started returning to service.”
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Qantas operates 31 Q400s, which fly under the Qantas Link brand on regional services along eastern Australia.It adds that one of the aircraft has already returned to service, while the remaining nine will re-enter service in the coming days.