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FAA, Boeing find more flaws on planes

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/03/19, 10:54 am

More than 300 Boeing 737 airliners might have parts susceptible to premature damage, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement Sunday. The specific parts affected were slat tracks, which “guide the slats located on the leading edge of an airplane’s wings,” according to Boeing. The company identified 20 737 NG and 21 737 Max aircraft that were most likely to have the faulty parts while recommending that airlines inspect another 271 planes.

The parts were not properly manufactured and could potentially fail or crack prematurely, according to the FAA, which said that while the failure of a slat track would not destroy the airplane on its own, it could still lead to “aircraft damage in flight.”

The 737 Max has been grounded around the world since March, after two crashes in the span of five months killed more than 300 passengers and crew. Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in October 2018 and March 2019, respectively.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • Dewey's picture
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 11:17 am

    This is a minor quibble, but none of the four aircraft pictured are 737 MAX aircraft;  the nearest two are Airbus (noted by the exhaust port on the tails), and the third and fourth from the front are actually a 737-900ERs, but not MAXs.  However, both of these 737s are 737NGs (for Next Generation).  I should note I am a 737 pilot flying for United.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 01:51 pm

    Thank you for pointing out this error. It has been corrected.

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 07:28 pm

    I believe that as this all pans out, we will discover that some engineers screamed bloody murder about these problems, and their superiors ignored or squelched them.  That is the way with these things.