FAA orders inspections for 1,000 Boeing 737s

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Wil Davis, of the Gary Jet Center closes a panel on the outside of the Boeing 737-800 shortly before takeoff Friday Dec. 15, 2006. | Andy Lavalley/Post-Tribune

The Federal Aviation Administration, according to a Reuters report, has ordered an inspection on more than 1,000 Boeing 737 registered in the United States. The target of the inspection is the tail planes, which may contain a faulty part that could lead to a loss of control.

"We are issuing this AD (airworthiness directive) to prevent premature failure of the attach pins, which could cause reduced structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer to fuselage attachment, resulting in loss of control of the airplane," the FAA said in the directive early Monday.

In the directive, the FAA said the inspection order was "prompted by reports of an incorrect procedure used to apply the wear and corrosion protective surface coating to attach pins of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar."

According to the report, first in the Wall Street Journal, 1,050 U.S. carrier aircraft are effected and it may cost up to $10.1 million across the fleet - $9,627 per aircraft. It applies to the following models:

  • 737-600
  • 737-700
  • 737-700C
  • 737-800
  • 737-900
  • 737-900ER

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