Boeing 737s grounded due to cracked wings grounded
More than three dozen Boeing 737s have been grounded worldwide after wing-related cracks were discovered during recent inspections, the company said.
That number includes a small number of US planes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
Southwest reported that it had found two cases of the cracks among its planes with the highest number of uses, which an urgent FAA order on October 3 required to be inspected within seven days.
Boeing last month notified the FAA that cracks had been discovered in a critical structural component of Next-Generation 737s that helps attach the wings and the body of the planes. The problem "could adversely affect the structural integrity of the aeroplane and result in loss of control of the airplane," the FAA said.
Boeing said its customers have completed 810 inspections so far, finding 38 cases that will "require repair and replacement of the affected parts".
"Our technical team is working to determine the most efficient repair plan for customers that ensures the safety, quality and integrity of the aeroplane. We are investigating the root cause of the issue," Boeing said in a statement.
It said the cracking does not affect any of its 737 Max aircraft, which remain grounded after investigators said a flawed automated anti-stall system contributed to two deadly crashes within five months. (© The Washington Post)