60 Bombardier Aircraft Grounded After Accidents

Hundreds of flights canceled
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 11:07 PM CDT
A Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, plane seen off the runway at the airport in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007. A turboprop plane carrying 52 people skidded off the runway and smashed one wing...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Aircraft maker Bombardier recommended grounding 60 of its turboprop planes after one skidded off a runway in Lithuania during an emergency landing today, just days after similar landing gear malfunctions forced a crash landing in Denmark. No one was seriously injured in either crash, but airlines took no chances and canceled hundreds of flights, the Times reports.

Bombardier recommended grounding Q400s that had flown over 10,000 times, but Scandinavian Airlines, which owned both of the crashed planes, went even further, grounding its entire fleet and canceling 112 flights. In the US, Horizon Air was most affected, canceling 119 flights. Neither Bombardier nor landing gear manufacturer Goodrich knows what caused the malfunctions.