Forgotten cleaning rag a risk to Qantas jet

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Forgotten cleaning rag a risk to Qantas jet

 A cleaning rag left behind during maintenance of a Qantas Boeing 737 was found trapped inside a cable drum during a routine inspection at Auckland Airport.

The rag had caused some damage and compromised the plane's stabiliser trim system manual control, a report into the incident found.

It was one of two incidents within a year where rags were left inside Qantas aircraft following maintenance.

A Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) report found the rag was likely to have been left inside the aircraft in the Qantas Sydney maintenance hanger.

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