'Pickle fork' crack reports on Ryanair planes are "rubbish" according to the airline 6 months ago

'Pickle fork' crack reports on Ryanair planes are "rubbish" according to the airline

Reports of the issue emerged on Wednesday.

Ryanair has labelled reports that some of its planes have been affected by the 'pickle fork' issue on 737 planes as "rubbish".

The Guardian reported that three Ryanair Boeing 737s are being repaired after checks on aircraft in service revealed cracks in the pickle fork.

The pickle fork are components that attach the wings and the aircraft's body but it's understood the presence of cracks is not considered a safety issue as long as the appropriate checks are carried out.

Ryanair pickle fork

When the pickle fork issue was discovered, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that instructed airlines to inspect planes with over 30,000 cycles (take-offs and landings) within 60 days.

In a statement to JOE on Wednesday, Ryanair said Boeing is currently carrying out repairs on their behalf following inspections on 70 of its oldest aircraft.

Ryanair also said it wouldn't affect any of their routes because the airline has already switched to its winter schedule.

In its statement, Ryanair said: "This morning's report on the 'pickle fork' issue in The Guardian newspaper is rubbish.

"Ryanair has already inspected over 70 of its oldest aircraft in full compliance with the Airworthiness Directive, and our rate of findings is less than the industry wide 5% confirmed by Boeing recently. Boeing are carrying out these repairs on behalf of Ryanair currently.

"Ryanair openly confirmed to The Guardian newspaper yesterday that this tiny number (less than 5%) of findings would not affect either Ryanair’s operating fleet or flights, because the airline has moved to its winter schedule from the end of October."

Being Europe’s biggest budget airline, Ryanair has a fleet of more than 400 Boeing 737-800 jets and said it will continue "to inspect the remainder of its fleet, in full compliance with the Airworthiness Directive."