Seven Eagle Air planes still grounded
Monday 13 Aug 2012 2:43 p.m.
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.