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P&W engine cracks ground JAS MD-81/87s
19 January 2004

Japan Air System (JAS) canceled more than a fourth of its flights to inspect the Pratt and Whitney engines on its MD-87 and MD-81 aircraft. The action follows two incidents involving JAS MD-81 and MD-87 engine problems on Jan. 6 and 7. Inspections of the two planes turned up cracks in a compressor in their engines and prompted the airline to check all 25 aircraft of the same type. (AP)