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dozen of them, raising a new safety issue for the company, which is already dealing with two deadly crashes involving a newer version of the same plane.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.