• Cracks were found in a key structural part on 38 Boeing jets

    By: The Associated Press


    Inspections of some older Boeing jets have turned up structural cracks in more than three dozen of them, raising a new safety issue for the company, which is already dealing with two deadly crashes involving a newer version of the same plane.

    Boeing said Thursday that airlines worldwide have inspected 810 planes following an order from U.S. safety regulators, and 38 - or 5% - had "findings" that will require repairs.

    Airlines are under orders to inspect certain Boeing 737 NG planes for cracking in a part that helps keep wings attached to the fuselage.

    Boeing isn't identifying which airlines found problems, but Brazil's Gol grounded 11 planes and U.S.-based Southwest Airlines grounded two.

    The NG is being replaced by the 737 Max, which has been grounded since March.


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