Southwest grounds two Boeing jets for cracked parts

Southwest grounds two Boeing jets for cracked parts

Next Generation Boeing 737. Photo: Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Southwest Airlines says it has grounded two of its Boeing 737 Next Generation airliners due to a crack in a crucial part.

Officials with Southwest say two of their Renton-built planes have cracked pickle forks. The part helps hold the plane’s wings to its body.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said late last month that aircraft operators must inspect the airplanes for structural cracks.

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According to a statement from Southwest, the two planes will remain out of service until the issues are resolved.

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