SAS Demands Q400 Compensation

 - November 5, 2007, 9:49 AM

SAS said last month that Bombardier would owe it at least SKr500 million ($77 million) in compensation for the grounding of its Q400 turboprop fleet. Two separate incidents of collapsed landing gear on SAS Q400s prompted Bombardier and Transport Canada on September 12 to call for the grounding of some 85 airplanes worldwide. SAS and its Wideroe subsidiary grounded all 25 of their remaining Q400s for emergency inspections, most of which revealed corrosion similar to that found inside the actuator pistons of the accident airplanes, said SAS. Preliminary findings by Danish authorities indicated that the corrosion caused the piston to separate from its rod end,
leading to the gear collapse. Although the grounding affected at least eight operators, SAS remains the only one to publicly call for compensation. It expected to have returned its entire fleet to service by October 15.