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Posted: 1/1/2006 7:47:34 AM EDT
http://cbs2.com/topstories/topstories_story_365223209.html

Dec 31, 2005 7:31 pm US/Pacific
FAA Grounds G-73 Seaplanes

(AP) MIAMI The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded all seaplanes similar to the one that crashed last week off Miami Beach until they are inspected. Four of the forty-one 1940s era planes are owned by the company involved in the crash.

A G-73 Turbine Mallard plummeted into the ocean Dec. 19 when its right wing separated from the fuselage minutes after taking off for the Bahamas, killing all 20 people on board.

CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports the FAA says there are only 41 of these planes in the world, four of which are owned by Chalk's Ocean Airways - the company which operated the plane that crashed – which uses them for flights between Florida and the Bahamas.
Chalk's is the only commercial operator of the 1940s-era aircraft.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators probing the Dec. 19th crash found fatigue cracks along a wing of the plane owned by Chalk's Ocean Airways. A final report is not expected for several months.

As a result of Friday's emergency Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA, owners of G-73 Turbine Mallards must conduct complete inspections, make all necessary repairs, and have the work approved by the FAA before being cleared to start flying again.

"This will be a very time-consuming and expensive undertaking if owners are to salvage the vintage planes," says Orr. "As a practical matter, it's a good bet that many of these seaplanes will not fly again."

(© 2005 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 8:19:12 AM EDT
That was hard to predict.

In this case, it might not be so kneejerk. There might be one or two around, but every Widgeon and Mallard I have looked at had a boat load of corrosion.

These are also old airplanes with lots of hours and lots of hard use, even without the extra water.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 8:32:01 AM EDT
Think Comet.

Link Posted: 1/1/2006 8:33:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Herzo:
Think Comet.




Unrelated failures.
Link Posted: 1/1/2006 11:01:39 AM EDT
But you can think of a C-130 Firefighting aircraft.
Or the 28 USN P-3 Orions grounded for the same problem.

Fritz
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