FAA Mandates Inspection of Early-Model 737 Aircraft
The FAA today mandated the inspection of early-model Boeing 737s for signs of metal fatigue. The metal fatigue inspection process applies to a total of 175 aircraft worldwide including 80 registered in the United States.
The repetitive electromagnetic inspections are designed to detect cracking that is not detectable during visual inspections. The FAA directive requires inspections on regular intervals beginning after 30,000 flight cycles.
For the full release, see the FAA Press Release here.