FAA Issues Emergency Airworthiness Directive For The Boeing 737

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The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered emergency inspections and parts replacement for any Boeing 737 that has been in storage or on the ground for more than one week following several reports of the aircraft type flying after being grounded and an engine shutdown occurred.  Operators will be required to inspect the engine and a valve which can become stuck in the open position resulting in an uncommented engine shutdown during flight and replace faulty parts.

This order is not specific to the troubled 737 Max and includes all variants of the 737.  "Corrosion of these valves on both engines could result in a dual-engine power loss without the ability to restart. This condition, if not addressed, could result in compressor stalls and dual-engine power loss without the ability to restart, which could result in a forced off-airport landing," the directive indicated.

This will add a significant cost to airlines who are already facing a major reduction in size or bankruptcy as most international destinations remain closed and domestic air traffic in the U.S., while improving, remains below 50% of 2019 levels.

Southwest Airlines’ entire fleet is the Boeing 737 along with European low cost carrier Ryanair.  American Airlines, Delta and United also have a significant number of 737’s in their fleet as well as other airlines around the world.  The Boeing 737 has been the best selling airplane in history.