Qantas confirmed cracks in the picklefork area (wing fuselage connection area) of three Boeing 737 airliners it operates, Australian media reported Monday. At present, the Boeing 737 with problems has been grounded for repair. The head of Qantas also said the planes were scheduled to be put back into use by the end of the year after the overhaul.
After finding out the problem, Qantas asked Qantas to stop flying all 33 of its own aircraft of this type, but this decision was called irresponsible by Qantas, which believed that the problem was far less serious than expected. The Boeing 737 operated by Qantas mainly undertakes domestic routes and some international routes.
Boeing said in early October that 38 737 airliners around the world had been overhauled due to problems in the fork area.