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JAS grounds 12 jets with engine cracks
20 January 2004

Japan Air System (JAS) found engine cracks on twelve out of the sixteen MD-81/87 planes checked thus far. In total, 13 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217 engines out of 29 checked had cracks, JAS said. Three planes that were found with one faulty engine, and thus subject to grounding anyway, did not have the other engine checked in the interests of saving time. (AFP)