Cracks found in structural part of 38 Boeing planes

INSPECTIONS of some older Boeing jets have turned up structural cracks in more than three dozen of them, raising a new safety issue for the company already dealing with two deadly crashes involving a newer version of the same plane.
 
Boeing said Thursday that airlines worldwide have inspected 810 planes following an order from US Safety regulators. Of those, 38 — or 5% — had “findings” requiring repairs. Airlines are under orders to inspect certain Boeing 737 NG planes for cracking in a part that helps keep wings attached to the fuselage.
 
Boeing declined to identify which airlines found problems, but Brazilian carrier Gol said it has grounded 11 planes so far, and US-based Southwest Airlines grounded two. The NG is a version of the popular 737 that has been produced since the 1990s. Boeing is replacing it with the 737 Max, but those planes have been grounded worldwide since March after two crashes killed 346 people.
 
US aviation authority blasted over 737 MAX redesign approval: US aviation regulators were slammed on Friday for allowing design changes to Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft that have been implicated in two crashes causing the deaths of more than 300 people. The Federal Aviation Administration failed to stick to its own rules, followed out-of-date procedures and lacked the manpower and expertise to properly oversee the alterations, a panel of worldwide experts found. The Joint Authorities Technical Review was put together in March after a 737 MAX run by Ethiopian Airlines crashed killing all 157 onboard.
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