Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Assn. contributed to the war of words erupting over the daily reporting of several recent safety incidents at Qantas, accusing the airline of allowing standards to slip. It blamed staffing shortages and cost-cutting for the spate of highly publicized incidents, while Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese called for calm and urged Australians not to disparage the carrier. Qantas was forced to ground six 737-400s last week after it was discovered ...

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