Wed, Jan 02, 2013
AD Follows 2009 Incident In Which A Football-Sized Hole Opened In The Roof Of A Southwest Airplane
The FAA will publish an airworthiness directive in the Federal Register Wednesday ordering the inspection of 109 Boeing 737-300, -400, and -500 airplanes. Most of the planes covered by the AD are reported to belong to Southwest Airlines.
The move follows a 2009 incident in which a football-sized hole opened up in the roof of a Southwest 737-300 during a flight. In a statement issued on Monday, the FAA says that it "always evaluates the effectiveness of our safety improvements" and that the AD is intended "to reduce risk further and assure continued safe operation."
The inspections are expected to cost operators of the airliners about $5.2 million, according to a report appearing in USA Today. If repairs are needed the cost is estimated to be nearly $18,000 per airplane.
This will be the third AD to be issued in relation to the incident, which occurred on a Southwest flight from Nashville to Baltimore. The plane diverted to Charleston, WV, and made an emergency landing. There is at least one additional AD in development associated with that flight.
The FAA said the AD to be published Wednesday was due to reports of more cracks found in joints around the crowns of 737 fuselages caused by repeated pressurization cycles.
(Southwest 737-300 pictured in file photo. Not incident airplane)
Also: Eclipse Improvements, AEA Urges NextGen GA Fund Adoption, FAA OKs External Cams, GA Accident Rate Declines The FAA has granted an STC to Cool City Avionics for the installati>[...]
Also: Chris Heintz, Lear 70/75 Certs, Beluga Birthday, Leap Frogs 9/11 Jump Cancelled, Lawyers Sue NTSB The Commercial Spaceflight Federation congratulates NASA and the winners of >[...]
Avidyne's Long-Awaited IFD540 Finally Gets A Chance To Show Its R9 Roots If you are looking for the bells and whistles of modern avionics you missed an opportunity if you were not >[...]
ASTM International ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of i>[...]
Basic empty weight includes the standard empty weight plus optional and special equipment that has been installed.>[...]