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DGCA orders check for cracks in 23 SpiceJet Boeing 737-NG aircrafts

Nineteen passenger aircraft above 26,000 flight cycles and four freighters having above 36,000 cycles of SpiceJet will be affected by the order

ANI 

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Indian aviation regulatory body, (DGCA), has ordered checks of the joining areas of wings and body of all Next-Generation (NG) aircraft in India for those which have completed over 26,000 flight cycles (FC).

Recently, cracks were found in three NG planes having more than 36000 flight cycle at the wing to body frame fitting during a check. Boeing has been apprised about the cracks.

Nineteen passenger aircraft above 26,000 flight cycles and four freighters having above 36,000 cycles of will be affected by the order.

and are currently flying nine and 25 aircraft of Boeing 737s but they will not be affected as their aircraft have yet to touch 17,000 flying cycles. A flight cycle is one complete flight from take-off to landing.

A senior official said the checks will start this week. "An airworthiness directive is expected on Wednesday that will be effective from Thursday (for the checks). The inspection will last an hour and will be done with the help of Boro equipment," he said.

Boeing 737-NG is Boeing's second aircraft model in which extremely severe errors have been found. Earlier, the Max was completely banned in India since Lion Air crash of Indonesia last year which claimed the lives of 180 passengers.

First Published: Tue, October 01 2019. 10:11 IST
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