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)

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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.

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