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US News Boeing is facing a fresh crisis after another airline found cracks in a 737 plane, adding to a growing number of airlines grounding some of the planes

15:50  31 october  2019
15:50  31 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Australian airline Qantas has found cracks in a 737 Next Generation plane , adding to Boeing 's woes. The cracking problem had already been The cracking problem had already been discovered by Boeing , prompting the US's aviation regulator to order airlines to inspect planes that had made

The budget airline grounded at least three 737 NG planes , The Guardian reported. Multiple airlines have done the same in recent weeks. In a Wednesday statement to Business Insider, Ryanair appeared to confirm the grounding of three planes , but said it would not affect its operating fleet or

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  • Australian airline Qantas found cracks in a 737 Next Generation plane, adding to Boeing's woes.
  • The cracking problem had already been discovered by Boeing, prompting the US aviation regulator to order airlines to inspect planes that had made more than 30,000 flights. But this Quantas plane had made fewer than 27,000 flights.
  • More than 50 737NG planes have now been grounded around the world, according to Agence France-Presse.
  • Boeing is already facing a global crisis with its 737 Max planes, which are grounded around the world after two fatal crashes killed 346 people.

Boeing is facing a fresh and growing crisis after Australian airline Qantas found cracks in a 737 Next Generation plane, adding to a growing number of airlines reporting such issues and grounding some of the planes as a result.

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Cracks were found in a vital reinforcing component known as the 'pickle fork' - which attaches the wings to the plane 's fuselage - in Boeing faces more criticism over safety as FAA finds 5% of 737 Next Generation planes have CRACKS in the critical device that connects the wing to the fuselage.

The Federal Aviation Administration is instructing airlines to inspect Boeing 737 NG jetliners after Boeing told the agency it had discovered evidence of cracks in a fuselage part. The cracks have been found in a part called a "pickle fork," which helps attach a plane 's fuselage to its wing structure

Qantas said on Thursday that it found cracks in part of one of its 737NG planes, and said it would repair the plane and inspect 33 other planes this week.

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  Boeing is facing a fresh crisis after another airline found cracks in a 737 plane, adding to a growing number of airlines grounding some of the planes © Getty

The airline said that it did not see an immediate safety risk, and that it would "never operate an aircraft unless it was completely safe to do so," the BBC reported.

The discovery comes a month after Boeing discovered the cracking problem in the 737NG, prompting the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to instruct airlines that fly the planes to inspect them. Thousands of 737NG planes are in service globally.

Those inspections were instructed for planes that had made more than 30,000 flights, while Qantas said its plane had made fewer than 27,000 flights, the BBC reported.

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Though the 737 Max 8 planes did actually have a number of changes, including the size and location of the engines. Airlines in the United States stood behind the planes up until the F.A.A.’s order, and even Southwest Airlines said in a statement that it had been in “constant contact” with the F.A.A

The cracks were found on what is known as the "pickle fork," which helps attach the wings to the aircraft. You'll often see ferry permits issued for an aircraft after it's been hit by ground equipment or a jet They have done the mandated airworthiness directive inspections and found cracking in a few.

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A source told Reuters that cracks were also found on another Qantas plane that has flown almost 27,500 times on Wednesday.

And another source also told Reuters that US carrier Southwest Airlines also found cracks in one of its planes that had flown around 28,500 times.

The plane grounded by Qantas adds to a growing list of 737NG planes grounded by airlines. Korean Air grounded nine of the planes on Friday after cracks were discovered, and news agency Agence France-Presse reported that up to 50 737NG planes have now been grounded around the world.

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The cracks are on an area of the plane called the pickle fork, which connects the plane body, wing structure, and landing gear.

Qantas said that detailed analysis by Boeing shows that even when a crack is present, it does not immediately compromise the safety of the aircraft, as indicated by the timeframe given by regulators to perform the checks," Australia's ABC News reported.

But Australia's aircraft engineers association called on the airline to ground all of its 737NG planes.

Its secretary said on Thursday that the crack "was about an inch long, it's very small. But these things do propagate very quickly when they're under load … It's when that grows, and that grows very quickly, that you have problems," The Guardian reported.

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The new problem is distinct from Boeing's ongoing crisis over its 737 Max planes, which killed 346 people in two separate crashes in October 2018 and March 2019, and have been grounded around the world since.

Boeing's CEO Dennis Muilenburg testified before Congress about the issue on Wednesday, where he was accused by lawmakers of "pushing profits over quality and safety." Muilenburg directly apologized to victims' families, and said the company "made some mistakes" in the plane's design.

Boeing has lost billions and airlines around the world are demanding compensation as they cancel flights, reduce routes, have new deliveries stalled, and pay to maintain the planes that were delivered, which they will not be able to fly until Boeing's updates are approved by regulators.

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