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UPDATE 1-Boeing says up to 50 planes grounded globally over cracks - AFP

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Oct 31 (Reuters) - Boeing has grounded up to 50 planes globally over cracks, Agence France Presse https://bit.ly/3238KJC news agency reported on Thursday.

Boeing was not immediately available for comment.

Qantas Airways Ltd and Southwest Airlines Co have stepped up checks for structural cracks on Boeing 737 NGs after discovering problems with planes that did not require urgent inspections, Reuters reported, citing airline sources.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)