Cracks in Air New Zealand ATR planes

Better safe than sorry, as Air new Zealand grounds the provincial air fleet for checks:

Air New Zealand passengers are expected to face more travel disruption tomorrow as the airline checks its fleet of ATR aircraft after hairline cracks were discovering on one of the planes.

The airline today cancelled the majority of ATR services operated by subsidiary Mount Cook Airlines after hairline cracks were found in the area around windows of the cockpit in one aircraft during routine overnight maintenance in Christchurch.

About 60 one-way services were cancelled today, affecting around 3000 customers.

Two ATR planes have already been returned to service on the airline’s Christchurch-Rotorua and Auckland-Palmerston North routes, Radio New Zealand reported.

Mount Cook Airline general manager Sarah Williamson said the airline would operate about two thirds of its normal seat capacity tomorrow with three of its 11 ATR planes in service and additional flights from other aircraft in the Air New Zealand fleet.

The airline expected to introduce more aircraft back into service later on Monday, she said.

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