More Electrical Issues Found in Some Boeing 737 Max Jets

By Kurt Stolz on 17 April 2021
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The electrical issues that caused Boeing to tell airlines to ground dozens of 737 Max jets last week affects more areas of the plane’s flight deck than previously known, the aircraft maker said Friday.

Last week Boeing told 16 airlines that operate the beleaguered 737 Max of a potential electrical problem with the aircraft, telling them they should stop flying some planes.

“Boeing has recommended to 16 customers that they address a potential electrical issue in a specific group of 737 Max airplanes prior to further operations,” the company said in a statement a week ago Friday.

The list of airlines included the four U.S. operators of the 737 Max – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines – who said they would stop operating nearly 70 of their jets as a result.

Boeing now says that the manufacturing defect affects components in several locations.  The issue needs to be addressed in numerous undelivered planes in addition to the roughly 90 in airline fleets.

The plane manufacturer is expected to draw up bulletins telling airlines how to fix the problems with grounding to resolve the issue.

Unlike with the prior groundings of the Max, this action was taken before there was an incident of any kind.

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