Over 100 op­er­a­tors in­structed to in­spect 737 NGs af­ter ‘crack­ing is­sues’

FAA or­ders in­spec­tions af­ter cracks found in pickle-fork area of some Next Gen­er­a­tion 737s

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More than 100 op­er­a­tors of Boe­ing’s 737 Next Gen­er­a­tion (NG) will need to in­spect the air­craft af­ter ‘crack­ing is­sues’ were dis­cov­ered on some of the man­u­fac­turer’s planes. The Fed­eral Aviation Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA) or­dered the in­spec­tions af­ter Boe­ing warned the US reg­u­la­tor that is­sues had been un­cov­ered dur­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions on heav­ily used air­craft.

Cracks were found in the pickle-fork area of some planes, where the wings meet the body of the air­craft. The FAA said it is in­struct­ing all op­er­a­tors of the air­craft to con­duct spe­cific in­spec­tions and make any re­pairs in ad­di­tion to re­duc­tion port­ing their find­ings. In to­tal, 117 air­lines use the 737 NG, in­clud­ing the likes of Spice Jet and EgyptAir. It is un­clear how many of Boe­ing’s air­craft will be in­spected but it was re­ported that the com­pany will work with air­lines to “im­ple­ment a rec­om­mended in­spec­tion plan”.

In a state­ment, the FAA said that sub­se­quent in­spec­tions un­cov­ered “sim­i­lar cracks in a small num­ber of ad­di­tional planes.” The ‘crack­ing is­sues’ do not af­fect 737 Max or P-8 Po­sei­don planes, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

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