FAA Orders Inspection of More Than 1,000 Boeing 737 Jets
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered an inspection of more than 1,000 U.S. -registered Boeing 737 jets to examine the tail planes for a potentially faulty part, which it said could cause pilots to lose control of the aircraft if it failed.
The airworthiness directive (AD) issued by the FAA calls on airlines and other operators to replace tail plane fixing pins with improved pins following concerns over how their protective surface coating was applied.
The FAA said the inspection 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."
The FAA said its directive affects 1,050 aircraft flown by U.S. carriers and may cost up to $10.1 million across the fleet, or up to $9,627 per aircraft for inspection and repairs.
The directive applies to a range of Boeing 737 models including the 737-600, 737-700, 737-700C, 737-800, 737-900, and 737-900ER series aircraft.