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Boeing 737 Max Bolts Issue Sparks New Scandal and Fleet Inspections, Boeing Urges Airlines to Check their Fleet


Boeing 737 Max rocked by a new issue, namely that the bolts easily come off one by one. The manufacturer asked all airlines to check their fleet.

Reported CNBC IndonesiaUnited States (US) aerospace manufacturer Boeing is urging airlines to inspect their 737 Max aircraft.

These directions are to look for “possible loose bolts” on the steering control system.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said Boeing recommended the inspection after “an international operator discovered a bolt with a missing nut while performing routine maintenance on a mechanism in the rudder control linkage.”

It was not clear which operator experienced this.

“The company discovered additional undelivered aircraft with nuts that were not properly tightened,” the FAA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Boeing said inspections would take about two hours per plane. The company also said all new 737 Max planes will undergo inspections before being handed over to customers.

“The issues identified with the aircraft have been resolved,” Boeing said in a statement.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend operators inspect their 737 MAX aircraft and notify us of any findings,” he added.

This is a new scandal for the aircraft manufacturing company. Previously a number of quality issues had also affected the manufacturer, resulting in Boeing shares falling more than 1% yesterday in the US.

On the other hand, US airline Alaska Airlines plans to start inspections on Thursday. A spokesman said the airline expected to complete it in the first half of January.

“We do not expect any operational impact as a result,” he said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for United Airlines, one of its largest customers Boeing 737 Maxsaid the airline does not expect any impact to its operations due to this issue.

Another, American Airlines said in a statement that it would complete the inspection and also had no impact on its operations.

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2023-12-29 15:05:31
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