FAA Giving Boeing 737s a Close Look
Posted on Apr 5, 2011
After an alarming gash appeared in the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines plane while it was in flight last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration wisely elected to call for a large-scale inspection of Boeing 737s with an eye toward finding similar wear and tear. —KA
The directive will focus on repetitive electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage, the FAA said.
Eighty of the 175 aircraft to be inspected are registered in the US.
Southwest said on Tuesday repairs were being made to five older Boeing 737-300s after fuselage cracks were found.
Flickr / Atomic Taco (CC-BY)
Here we see a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737, clearly still in flight.