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FAA to inspect Boeing 737s

United Continental Airlines YH569 4260 737-900 Take OffWASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will inspect all Boeing Model 737 airplanes after reports of wear and corrosion following incorrect application of a protective surfacing.

According to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor, the government organization will formally make an announcement Monday about the inspections.

The Federal Register reported Sunday that the FAA’s “airworthiness directive” requires inspection and possible replacement of pins on the plane’s horizontal stabilizer rear spar. The FAA ordered the inspection to “prevent premature failure” of attached pins, that could result in loss of control of the airplane.

No accidents have been reported because of possible malfunctions, Gregor said.

The inspection could affect more than 3,000 Boeing 737s.

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5 Comments to “FAA to inspect Boeing 737s”

    PlayFair3 said:
    April 15, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    What seems to be going unnoticed is the FAA furloughed all of its Safety Inspectors who are (were?) supposed to verify air carriers actually comply with ADs. It’s not uncommon to find non-compliance. By the way, these are the same professionals that are (were?) supposed to make sure that 787 battery fix continues to work during actual passenger operations – not just on some workbench. It appears the agency has decided to accept the risk on behalf of the American public, thank you very much, and significantly degrade the amount of aviation safety oversight. At the same time, more and more safety issues are being identified. Honestly, you can't script this stuff.

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