Indonesia's Lion Air finds cracks in two 737 NGs with fewer flights than FAA safety directive
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November 8, 2019 - by for reuters.com
JAKARTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lion Air has found structural cracks in two Boeing Co (BA.N) 737 NG planes with fewer flights than a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) threshold for checks, Indonesia's aviation safety regulator said on Friday.
The discovery could make it more likely the FAA will require airline operators to inspect 737 NGs with fewer than 22,600 cycles, which had not been mandated previously. Each cycle typically represents one flight, with a takeoff and a landing.
The cracks are on what is known as the "pickle fork," a part that attaches the plane's fuselage, or body, to the wing structure.
An FAA spokesman said the agency had asked operators to report any cracks so it could assess whether it needed to change its inspection orders.
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