Aviation Watchdog Accused of Cover-up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The air safety watchdog has been accused of covering up serious maintenance breaches by Qantas after aircraft engineers claimed that warnings about several incidents were ignored.

In one incident, 10 mandatory checks on a Qantas 767 jet that had flown through severe turbulence were put off to a later date and the plane cleared to fly.

And in another incident a Qantas Boeing 747 had all four of its engines incorrectly mounted during a service in Hong Kong and was allowed to fly for a month before the error was discovered.

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