FAA Orders Inspections of Boeing 737s

By Paul Riegler on 14 April 2013
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A Boeing 737-800 cockpit

A Boeing 737-800 cockpit

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administraiton will order special inspections of Boeing 737 aircraft on Monday because problems with certain corrision-prone pins that are used to attach the horizontal stabilizers to the plane’s fuselage could cause pilots to lose control.  The parts control the up-and- down movement of the plane’s nose.

The order, which was entered into the Federal Register on Friday, followed “reports of an incorrect procedure used to apply the wear and corrosion protection surface coating” to the affected parts.  The FAA believes that this could lead to the “in premature failure” of the parts as well as the potential “loss of control of the airplane,” according to the FAA’s directive.

The FAA order only impacts newer Boeing 737 aircraft operated by U.S. airlines but foreign regulators are expected to follow suit and issue similar orders.  This includes six versions of the current version of the popular single-aisle, twin-engine jet, ranging from the 737-600 to the 737-900ER.

The directive will take effect in May and is not expected to impact airlines’ schedules.

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