The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started the year with a focus on safety ordering over a hundred older 737 airlines to be checked for cracks and holes. Most of the planes being inspected are operated by Southwest and are high-cycle air crafts that often do seven or more take-off and landing cycles in a day.
To be safe, high-cycle planes require frequent inspections. And it’s not just visual inspections, but also electromagnetic inspections so that the cracks are identified early enough before the fuselage breaks.
This morning, Peter joined the team at CBS This Morning to examine this issue in terms of flier safety, 737 manufacturing and domestic and international inspection practices.
For more information on past 737 issues, check out:
- The 2009 Southwest incident, Hole in the Fuselage Prompts Southwest to Inspect all 737s
- Peter and Ask a Pilot’s Patrick Smith on Legitimate Safety Concerns Versus Scares in Air Travel
- FAA Airline Safety Procedures Putting Passengers at Risk