Boeing 737 NG Operators to Conduct Structural Checks and Make Repairs, Says US FAA
Boeing notified the FAA after it discovered cracks in one heavily-used modified 737 NG aircraft, and subsequently found similar cracks in additional planes.
Boeing Logo (Image for Representation/ Reuters)
The US Federal Aviation Administration said it would require operators of some Boeing 737 NG jetliners to conduct inspections for structural cracks and make repairs as needed following the discovery of cracks on a small number of planes. The FAA said Boeing notified it of the issue "after it discovered the cracks while conducting modifications on a heavily used aircraft." Subsequent inspections "uncovered similar cracks in a small number of additional planes." Boeing said it has been in contact with 737 NG operators about a cracking issue, but added that "no in-service issues have been reported." Neither the FAA nor Boeing immediately said how many planes were impacted by the required inspections.
The 737 NG, or Next Generation, was introduced in 1997 and is the third generation version of the best-selling Boeing aeroplane. The 737 MAX, which was grounded in March after two fatal crashes in five months, is not affected by this issue, Boeing said. The FAA said it would ask operators of the NG to "report their findings to the agency immediately" after completing inspections. Boeing said, "over the coming days, we will work closely with our customers to implement a recommended inspection plan for certain aeroplanes in the fleet."
KOMO News reported that the issue involved cracked "pickle forks" in some 737 NG jets. The pickle fork attaches the plane's fuselage, or body, to the wing structure and manages forces. A failure of the part in flight could pose a serious risk. KOMO said workers found a severely cracked pickle fork on a Boeing 737NG earlier this month.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.
Recommended For You
- From Slam Poets to 'Eco-Feminists', BBC's 100 Most Influential Women 2019 List Has 7 Indians
- Kareena Kapoor Awestruck by Kalki Koechlin's Six-month Pregnancy
- Hina Khan Slams People for Comparing Her and New 'Komolika' Aamna Sharif as Ekta Kapoor Weighs In
- FASTag Will Soon be Mandatory For Your Car: This is How The Digital Payment Tag Works
- Google Pixel 4 isn't Coming to India and Desi Fanboys are Upset With Sundar Pichai