Boeing, FAA Say That Some 737 Jets May Have Faulty Part

By Paul Riegler on 2 June 2019
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Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday that some 737 Max and 737 Next Generation aircraft might have slats that were improperly manufactured.

The news is merely the latest issue to impact the beleaguered single-aisle jet and its manufacturer.

Slats perform the same function as flaps, in that both temporarily alter the shape of the wing to increase lift, although slats are attached to the front of the wing while flaps are attached to the rear.

The improperly made slats are believed to have been installed on 179 737 Max aircraft and 133 737 NG models. The failure of one of these slats would not result in a hull loss but could damage the aircraft while in flight.

“The affected parts may be susceptible to premature failure or cracks resulting from the improper manufacturing process,” the agency said in a statement.

The FAA said it plans to issue an Airworthiness Directive that would require Boeing to “identify and remove the discrepant parts from service.” Boeing said it has already contacted all 737 operators and instructed them to inspect the slat track assemblies on certain aircraft.

In the United States, three airlines – American, Southwest, and United – operate the Boeing 737 Max.

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