LONDON — Investigators have found severe cracks in the engines of grounded Boeing 737-400s operated by British carriers, the Times of London reported Friday.
The Department of Civil Aviation, which ordered the aircraft grounded last week, and the Department of Transport said they could not confirm or deny the report.
The Times said the cracks were more serious than the breaking of fan blades in two engines, which occurred during two British flights last week. It said that new cracks have been found on previously untested engines.
"The damage is so fundamental that any hope of getting the aircraft flying in time for the holiday peak has been dashed," said the report by the newspaper's air correspondent, Harvey Elliott.