Three days later on September 12, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 2748 from Copenhagen to Palanga had a similar problem with the landing gear, forcing the aircraft to land in Vilnius international airport ( Lithuania ). No passengers or crew were injured.  Immediately after this incident SAS grounded all 33 Q400 airliners in its fleet and, a few hours later, Bombardier recommended that all Q400s with more than 10,000 flights be grounded until further notice.  This affected about 60 aircraft, out of 140 Q400s then in service.
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#2 The prop hub end of the stock VW crankshaft has a rather large threaded hole bored down the middle of it to retain a bolt for a pulley on the VW engine in the automotive configuration. This hole
goes fairly deep into the crankshaft ….on the outside of the crankshaft (same end) is a keyway groove cut into the OD of the crankshaft …..there is an area of this end of the crankshaft where the threaded hole down the center and the keyway groove almost meet, There is approx 1/8th
of an inch of crankshaft metal between the keyway groove and the threaded hole. The prop hub is slipped right over crankshaft but
does NOT cover this weakened area,
it basically stops right even with this weakened area of the crankshaft. The area I am talking about is just in front of the crankshaft oil slinger disc ….when you install the prop hub you press it right up against the oil slinger disc …..a nice
clean place to break is provided, and that is where they break,
approx. 1/8th of an inch in front of the oil slinger. The crankshaft is almost designed to break here, but this is by accident, NOT intentional, it’s just an automotive part not designed to carry this kind of load. The good
thing is that the metal the crankshaft is made from is very rugged …and you have to create
a situation for it to crack …
and we do just that …read on.