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Seven Eagle Air planes still grounded

Monday 13 Aug 2012 2:43 p.m.

An Air New Zealand Beech 1900DS (file pic)

An Air New Zealand Beech 1900DS (file pic)

More Air New Zealand Beech 1900DS planes have been cleared to fly, but seven still remain grounded after a crack was found in the tail of one of the aircraft.

The 18-strong fleet was grounded when a hairline crack was found in the tail during routine maintenance last Tuesday, prompting engineers to inspect all of the twin-turbo prop planes in Eagle Air's fleet.

Today a statement from Air New Zealand - of which Eagle Air is a subsidiary - said 11 of the planes had so far been cleared to fly.

About 90 percent of Eagle Air's flights are running today.

The 19-seat Beech 1900DS operate to 20 destinations around New Zealand.

NZN

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