US aviation regulators Monday ordered
inspections of Boeing 737 planes due to concerns about a part in the
aircraft's tail that, if faulty, could cause pilots to lose control.
The Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections of a pin in the planes' horizontal stabilizer because of reports that a protective coating on the part had been applied incorrectly.
Some 1,050 jets in the US are to be examined and, if inspectors find defects, will be in line for repairs. The FAA estimates the cost of the investigation at 10.1 million dollars.
No accidents have been tied to the issue. The inspections are not linked to problems with Boeing's Dreamliner aircraft, which have been grounded for three months due to concerns about batteries that could catch fire.
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