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The Civil Aviation Authority in the United States ordered the aircraft giant “Boeing” to check all of its “classic” 737 models, that is, those belonging to the old generation, after a plane of this type crashed off Indonesia in January in a disaster that killed 62 people .
According to a document issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Saturday, Boeing must undergo this technical examination for all of its 737-300, 737-400 and 737-500 aircraft, with a total number of 143 aircraft.
According to the document, a potential problem with a cable that is not detected by the computer responsible for automatic control of the fuel injection process needed to propel the plane “could lead to a loss of control over the plane.” An initial report published by the Indonesian Transport Safety Agency in February indicated that a “malfunction” was detected in the work of the computer, while confirming at the same time that the cause of the crash was still unclear.
The US Federal Aviation Administration said that “at the present time, initial data from the ongoing investigation into the accident shows that it is unlikely that the accident was the result of a latent malfunction” in this cable, but at the same time it considers that this examination is “necessary to address” this. The danger “could be present or evolve” in these aircraft manufactured in the 1980s and 1990s.
According to the document, this potential problem is limited to the old models of the 737 and does not include the aircraft of the later generations, including the 737 Max, which was prevented from flying for twenty months after two air disasters. The document stated that the inspection process for a single aircraft takes one hour.
Commenting on the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision, Boeing said in an e-mail that it “ensures that its aircraft are safe and meet all requirements. We are in constant contact with our customers and the Federal Aviation Administration, and we are making continuous efforts to bring about improvements in safety and performance across the entire fleet. ”
On January 9, a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plane crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after it took off from Jakarta. The crash of the plane from an altitude of three thousand meters took less than a minute, in a disaster that claimed the lives of all 62 people on board.
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