More Boeing planes grounded due to cracked critical equipment
More backlash has come out against Boeing as two Southwest 737 planes are grounded for cracked critical equipment.
Inspectors found cracks in what is known as the “pickle fork” in the company’s “next generation” 737 planes.
That’s the part that attaches the plane’s fuselage to its wing structure.
KOMO Seattle says inspectors found the flaw last month and the FAA ordered emergency inspections.
The cracked part is supposed to last for the lifetime of the plane and should not crack. About 500 planes worldwide are being checked for the flaw.
So far, they have found 25 planes with cracking, but even so, aviation analysts say you shouldn’t get too nervous.
The two Southwest groundings come as the airline has cancelled about 30,000 flights since March due to problems with the 737 Max fleet.