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U.S. aviation authority issues 2nd warning over loose bolts on 737s

U.S. aviation authority issues 2nd warning over loose bolts on 737s

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration said yesterday that the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States issued a second emergency order on Tuesday warning that the loose bolt problem found on the China Airlines Boeing 737-800 that was gutted by fire at Okinawa's Naha Airport about 10 days ago was also found in other Boeing 737 aircraft.
CAA Director Chang Kuo-cheng (張國政) said that the investigation into the explosion of the China Airlines plane in Okinawa is being directed by Japan authorities and the CAA could not make any comments on any details related to the ongoing investigation.
However, Chang said that the FAA had issued two emergency orders in relation to the explosion of the China Airlines Boeing 737-800 in a period of just 10 days.
The FAA pointed out in its second order that the loose bolt that might have caused the China Airlines Boeing 737-800 to explode after landing was also found in other Boeing 737 planes and in one case had caused damage to the fuel tank, and ordered all airlines owing Boeing 737 planes to shorten the inspection time from 24 days to 10 days.
The FAA's action indicated the urgency and gravity of the situation, Chang said.
The FAA's first emergency order requested airlines to conduct checks on the wing slats to see if there are any loose parts, such as bolts and screws, while the second order called for the airlines to use endoscopes to conduct the checks.
Next Generation Boeing 737s came on stream in 1998 with an emphasis on fuel economy. There are about 2,350 next generation Boeing 737s, including the -600, -700, -800 and -900. All the 737NG in Taiwan are Boeing 737-800s, with China Airlines owing 12, Mandarin Airlines two, and another one owned by the military and serving as the presidential plane.
The CAA said that China Airlines' and Mandarin Airlines' Boeing 737-800 only fly Asian routes and should be able to undergo inspections in 10 days.


Updated : 2021-03-02 01:13 GMT+08:00