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Cracks on Boeing jets: Airlines withdraw 737 NG


            
              Thursday, October 10, 2019
              
                

            
First the problems with the Boeing 737 Max, now with the predecessor 737 NG.
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              In two crashes of Boeing 737 Max within a few months more than 340 people die. Now there are problems with the previous model 737 NG. The US aviation authority warns, two airlines react.
              The bad news at the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing does not stop. The future of the Jets 737 Max, which has been banned after two crashes, is uncertain – and now there are problems with its predecessor, the 737 NG. The Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has withdrawn eleven 737 NG jets after an inspection. Also, the Southwest Airlines flies stayed on the ground. Corresponding cracks on two jets were found and removed from service, the company said Wednesday. Boeing promises support The FAA had instructed some operators of Boeing's 737 NG last Wednesday to inspect the machines for cracks within seven days. The manufacturer had discovered the problem itself and informed the authority about it. The risk of cracks exists in so-called pickle forks, which are important components for attaching the wings to the fuselage. Under heavy load, these may appear to be wearing off faster than anticipated. Boeing affirmed in a statement to actively support its clients in the investigations of the 737 NG. All operators concerned were given detailed instructions and Boeing also participated in necessary repairs. "Safety and quality are our top priority." Also problems with the DreamlinerThe 737 NG is the predecessor of the misfortune flyer 737 Max, which was occupied in mid-March after two crashes with a total of 346 deaths almost worldwide with take-offs.The Airbus rival sees himself in addition to a Problems with the orders for its Dreamliner 787 confronted: the newspaper "Seattle Times" according to the Russian airline Aeroflot officially canceled an order of 22 Dreamlinern worth about 5.5 billion dollars.

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