Boeing’s 810 737NG planes inspected for cracks in 38

According to Reuters, on October 10, local time, Boeing said that after inspections of 810 737NG planes by global airlines, 38 planes were found to have structural cracks. The cracks involved the “fork”, the connecting part between the wing and the fuselage, and the main load-bearing element between the wing and the fuselage. The 737NG aircraft is the third generation version of the 737 aircraft.

Boeing and airline officials said the planes would remain grounded until repairs were completed.

  

On October 9, after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered an emergency inspection of the 737NG, Southwest Airlines and Brazil’s Gore Air grounded at least 13 planes of the model.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Brandy King said cracks were found in two of the 200 heavily used planes that had been grounded. The spokesman, however, did not say whether the problem was found on other planes and said it would update the inspection results next week.

“We don’t have a timetable for when the aircraft will return to service, and we are working with Boeing to schedule upcoming repairs,” Brandy King said.

American and United said earlier this week that they had not seen the problem on their own planes.

Last week, the FAA ordered U.S. airlines to inspect 165 older Boeing 737NG planes, though that number appears to have risen to more than 200.

The FAA said later on the 10th that “a small number of aircraft in the United States have been grounded, and Boeing is also providing guidance to customers on repair and replacement parts for affected aircraft.” It also added: “The manufacturer of the model (Boeing) company) and other international aviation safety regulators to better understand the causes of crack formation.”

Savanthi Syth, an analyst at Raymond James, said on the 10th that 737NG inspections could lead to a 4% drop in capacity between mid-October and mid-December. “Aircraft with cracks can take up to 60 days to repair,” Syth said.

On the 10th, Boeing shares fell 1%.

Last week, the FAA said in a statement that 1,911 U.S.-registered aircraft would be inspected. Among them, air operators must inspect the series of passenger aircraft with more than 30,000 flight cycles within 7 days; for the series of passenger aircraft with more than 22,600 and less than 30,000 flight cycles, they must be inspected within 1,000 flight cycles that continue to operate. . One pressurization and decompression of the aircraft is called a flight cycle.

Author: Yoyokuo