The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) for the McDonnell Douglas DC-8 to detect and correct fatigue on the upper aft skin panel of the aircraft’s fuselage. The FAA confirmed the AD was created following reports of cracking to the fuselage, which it said could result in the aircraft losing structural integrity and rapidly decompressing. It recommends the removal of any previously installed local repairs on 18 DC-8 aircraft in the US and installing full-length improvement modifications. The FAA estimates that the fix will cost operators up to $30,360. The AD will take effect from January 2, 2015.

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