SAS Group’s inspections of its Bombardier Q400 turboprop fleet have
revealed 25 of its 27 aircraft to be affected by corrosion similar to that found on the aircraft which suffered a
landing gear-collapse in Denmark
on 9 September.
Two SAS Group aircraft recently
suffered gear-collapses on landing, one at Aalborg in Denmark
on 9 September and the other at Vilnius
on 12 September.
After a detailed inspection programme, an SAS Group
spokesman says that corrosion has been found on 25 of its Q400s. He adds that
this has been reported to the civil aviation authorities.
says: “There was corrosion in that part which the Danish accident investigators
confirmed as the cause of the accident in Aalborg.”
Danish investigators found evidence that the aircraft at Aalborg
suffered an actuator piston failure, the result of corrosion, in its starboard
main landing-gear. Lithuanian investigators have since found evidence of a
similar failing on the Vilnius
SAS Group operates 27 Q400s. Of these, 23 are operated by Scandinavian
Airlines – including the two damaged aircraft. The remainder are operated by Wideroe in Norway.