FAA orders repair work for cracks in 737 jets

October 28, 1997|By DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Federal Aviation Administration officials have ordered the operators of some of the most heavily used Boeing 737 jetliners to quickly repair potentially dangerous cracks in fuselages after the discovery of severe cracking on three Southwest Airlines jets.

The cracks, found at joints where aluminum skin panels overlap, are the result of stresses encountered over thousands of flights in which the airplane is pressurized and depressurized.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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