Boeing Urges Airlines To Inspect 737 MAX Airplanes For Possible Loose Hardware

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Boeing has urged airlines to undergo an inspection of their B737 Max fleet after an international carrier discovered a bolt with a missing nut while doing a routine maintenance check. The aerospace company issued a statement on Friday and said that the problem identified on the specific airplane has been resolved. 

Currently, in India, Akasa Air, SpiceJet, and Air India Express are the three airlines that have B737 Max planes in their fleet, reported PTI. Earlier in the week, the US aviation regulator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that it was closely overseeing the targetted inspection of Boeing’s planes to figure out a possible loose bolt in the rudder control system. 

The company noted, “The issue identified on the particular airplane has been remedied. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recommending operators inspect their 737 MAX airplanes and inform us of any findings.” The plane manufacturer added that it has informed the FAA and will keep the regulator in the loop regarding the process. 

The report added that SpiceJet and Air India Express didn’t answer any queries regarding the matter, while Akasa Air said that the issue hasn’t impacted its operating fleet and aircraft deliveries till now. 

“We have been made aware of this issue by Boeing. Like all operators around the world, and in accordance with our highest standards of safety, Akasa will be following the same checks and procedures that the manufacturer or regulator recommends,” a spokesperson for Akasa Air said on Saturday. 

Earlier on Thursday, the FAA noted that Boeing issued a Multi-Operator Message (MOM), calling on operators of newer single-aisle airplanes to inspect specific tie rods that control rudder movement for possible loose hardware. “The FAA will remain in contact with Boeing and the airlines while the inspections are underway,” the regulator said. 

The agency also asked the airlines to work through their approved Safety Management Systems to find out whether any loose hardware had been found earlier and to give the regulator all details on how quickly these two-hour inspections can be completed. 

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