FAA orders inspections of Boeing 737 NGs after reports of structural cracks

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By victoria@aviationnews-online.com September 30, 2019 10:25

FAA orders inspections of Boeing 737 NGs after reports of structural cracks

The FAA has ordered inspections of Boeing 737 NGs after the company notified the agency of structural cracks.

The cracking was found in the plane’s pickle forks, which attach the plane’s body to its wing structure.

According to a report by KOMO, workers found a cracked pickle fork in one 737 NG plane—at a “relatively young” age of 35,000 flight cycles—and reported it to the FAA, after which inspections turned up similar damage in other 737 NG planes.

According to the report, “light cracking” is sometimes found in pickle forks but it is considered “very unusual.”

The FAA told CNN in a statement: “Boeing notified the agency of the matter 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. The FAA will instruct operators to conduct specific inspections, make any necessary repairs and to report their findings to the agency immediately.”

In a response to this Boeing stated to CNN that “No in-service issues have been reported.

“Over the coming days, we will work closely with our customers to implement a recommended inspection plan for certain airplanes in the fleet. This issue does not affect any 737 MAX airplanes or the P-8 Poseidon,” Boeing said in a statement.

Both the FAA and Boeing emphasised that the inspection process worked in this instance and repairs would be carried out where necessary.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com September 30, 2019 10:25