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Ansett comes under further scrutiny after another 767 incident.

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Ansett, an airline owned by Air New Zealand that operates in the Australian domestic market, was apparently forced to remove another of its Boeing 767 aircraft from service last week due to a maintenance error.

According to media reports, the 767-300 aircraft had been fitted with a leading edge slat designed for older and smaller 767-200 aircraft. The mistake was noticed on 26 January, just before the aircraft was due to fly from Melbourne to Hong Kong, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Ansett was forced to withdraw three 767 aircraft from service about two weeks ago when micro-fissures were discovered in their tails during maintenance inspections. While two of the aircraft remained grounded due to further comprehensive inspections already planned by the airline, the third was later returned to service.

Following the latest incident, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has indicated that it will be widening its investigation into Ansett's management and maintenance procedures.

Mick Toller, the director of CASA, told a local radio programme that 'This just gives us more to look at. It confirms what we suspected, which was that the problem is with the management systems, with how they run the maintenance side of the airline.'

CASA is due to report on Ansett's operations later this week.

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