Five Regional Express Airlines passenger planes have been grounded as a precaution after a propeller fell off a Saab 340 as it approached Sydney Airport on Friday (March 17). There were no injuries. The airline has grounded another five of its fleet of 55 Saab 340s because their propeller gear boxes and shafts were from the same series as the defective propeller. “This is an extremely rare event,” Rex’s chief operating officer Neville Howell said in a statement. An Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation team was examining the damaged aircraft in Sydney.

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