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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Flybe grounds aircraft for checks
A Flybe Bombardier Q400 aircraft
Six Flybe Bombardier Q400 aircraft are being checked
The UK airline Flybe has grounded six of its Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft while safety checks are carried out on their landing gear.

The move comes after the landing gear on two Q400s owned by the Scandinavian airline SAS collapsed on touch down. No passengers were hurt.

The manufacturer has also asked for 60 of these aircraft to be grounded for safety checks.

The Flybe routes affected include those serving Edinburgh, Belfast and Gatwick.

Other affected routes include services from the Isle of Man, Manchester, Southampton and the Channel Islands.

The first landing gear collapse happened to an SAS aircraft at Aalborg, Denmark on Sunday. The second happened on Wednesday at Vilnius, Lithuania, as an SAS flight landed.

SAS said that it was grounding these planes and cancelling 112 flights.

Bombardier and Goodrich, the landing gear manufacturer, has now asked for 60 of the aircraft operating around the world to be grounded until an inspection of the landing gear is carried out.

In July, a Flybe Bombardier Q400 with 36 people on board had to make an emergency landing in Edinburgh when crew members were forced to shut down one of its two turboprop engines.

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