Qantas Checking 33 Planes For Structural Cracks After Problems Found

Qantas is erring on the side of caution and checking 33 of its Boeing 737 fleet after cracks were found in one plane.

Qantas is quickly checking more than 30 of its Boeing 737 aircraft after cracking was discovered in one plane during a maintenance check.

Earlier this year, the US Federal Aviation Administration ordered airlines to check any 737s that had completed 30,000 flights for cracks.

The Qantas plane involved had completed fewer than 30,000 cycles.



First Ultra-Long-Haul Commercial Flight Between Sydney And New York Touches Down

The first direct commercial flight between Sydney and New York landed in Australia after 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we will have inspected 33 aircraft with more than 22,600 cycles by the end of the week rather than the seven months required," the carrier told the ABC on Thursday.

"Qantas would never operate an aircraft unless it was completely safe to do so."