New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had notified the Indian operators of Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) planes to check the all the planes that have completed over 26,000 flight cycles for any defect, stated news agency ANI. This step was taken after the US plane-maker Boeing has allegedly found structural cracks between the wing and the body fitting area in some of the planes.
The DGCA’s American counterpart Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had on September 27 asked the operators of some Boeing 737 NG jetliners to inspect and make the necessary repairs. Introduced in 1997, the 737 NG is a third-generation version of Boeing aeroplane. Boeing had discovered the cracks while repairing a heavily used aircraft. Later on, the US plane-maker also uncovered similar cracks in a few more planes, reported news agency Reuters. Thereafter, Boeing reported the issue to FAA.
It must be noted that in the month of May this year, a Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board slid into St. John’s River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing. As per a report, the flight was arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay of Cuba and crashed into the river at the end of the runway at about 9:40 PM local time. “The plane was not submerged. Every person is alive and accounted for,” tweeted Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office of Florida.
In yet another incident in March 2019, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 passengers, including four Indians. This happened a few months after a Boeing 737 Max aircraft of Lion Air went down over the Java Sea. However, Boeing clarified that the airplanes involved in the two fatal crashes were not due to structural defects.