Air Jet BAe 146s help cover for grounded Boeing 737s


French carrier L’Aéropostale, which is jointly owned by France’s post office and Air France, is chartering an Air Jet BAe 146QC, as well as several other types, due to the grounding of its 17 Boeing 737-300QCs. Cracks were detected in the lower part of the cargo door on one of the 737s during routine maintenance, and subsequent checks found the same problem on other aircraft. As a result, the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive grounding 737s converted with main deck cargo doors under an STC granted to Pemco Aeroplex. Ironically, the cargo door on BAe 146s was also designed and fitted by Pemco.

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