September 17, 2007 / 7:11 AM / 12 years ago

UPDATE 2-Airline SAS cancels 228 more flights

(Adds Swedish CAA comment)

COPENHAGEN, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Airline SAS (SAS.ST) said on Monday it was cancelling at least 228 flights through to Wednesday this week because of the grounding of all its Dash 8-400 aircraft following two crash-landings last week.

In separate statements, SAS Sweden and SAS Denmark said they would cancel 48 flights and 180 flights, respectively.

Two SAS planes crash-landed within days, one in Denmark on Sept. 9 and another in Lithuania on Sept. 12, due to problems with landing gear. No one was seriously hurt in either incident.

SAS — half-owned by Sweden, Denmark and Norway — has said the flight ban would cost as much as 15 million Swedish crowns ($2.25 million) per day.

An SAS spokesman said the carrier was waiting to hear from aviation authorities about whether plane maker Bombardier (BBDb.TO) had identified and fixed the problem that led to the accidents.

Aviation authorities in Sweden, Denmark and Norway have all ordered a grounding of the medium-range Dash 8-400 planes and are waiting from a position from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Bo Eckerbert of the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority told Reuters a meeting was planned with the European aviation authority on Tuesday to determine if the problem has been correctly identified and determine next steps.

“It’s too soon to tell, but today it doesn’t seem the measures have to be very extensive,” Eckerbert said.

additional reporting by Emma Bengtsson

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