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ANA, JAC cancel 5 flights by Bombardier planes after accidents.

TOKYO, Sept. 12 Kyodo

The All Nippon Airways group and Japan Air Commuter canceled a total of five flights Wednesday in the wake of the recent series of accidents involving the Bombardier DHC8-Q400 planes.

Their cancellation came in line with Wednesday's instruction by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for Japanese airlines to call off operations by their Bombardier planes that have clocked up more than 10,000 flights.

JAC officials said some of its flights for Thursday and beyond may also be canceled, while ANA's regular flights will operate normally, it said.

In March, an ANA Bombardier DHC8-Q400 plane made a belly landing after its front wheels failed to retract.

In the most recent accident, a plane of the same model operated by Scandinavian Airlines made an emergency landing Wednesday at an airport in Lithuania due to a snag related to the right-side undercarriage.

There are a total of 24 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 planes in Japan, which are operated by JAC and the ANA group.
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