A recent announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that Boeing is advising airlines on this An inspection of their newest 737 MAX aircraft. The recommendation is based on a potential problem, as there have been cases where the rudder control system screw came loose.
The FAA said it is “closely monitoring” targeted inspections of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The agency will consider further action if additional parts are found loose or missing.
This inspection recommendation was issued after an airline discovered a missing bolt nut during routine maintenance of the steering wheel control assembly. In addition, Boeing found another undelivered aircraft where the nut was not tightened properly.
Boeing issued a message to aircraft users urging them to check the rudder motion controls for any loose component.
The FAA committed to coordinating with Boeing and the airlines during inspections. The agency asked airlines to report any previous detections of ill-equipped devices and provide information about how quickly these two-hour checks were completed.
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