Ryanair has grounded three Boeing 737-800s, after cracks found on its “Pickle Fork”, connecting the wing to the fuselage of the aircraft
The Irish budget carrier, grounded aircraft registered EI-DCL, EI-DAL and EI-DCJ which were all built in 2004. Ryanair operates a fleet of 455 Boeing 737NGs.
Last week Australian carrier Qantas grounded two of its Boeing 737 NG aircraft after similar cracks were discovered.
October 3, US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) issued a urgent Airworthiness directive (AD) ordering mandatory inspections on ‘Pickle Fork” of Boeing 737s after cracks were first found on 737 NGs in China.
Globally, there are over 7,000 Boeing 737-NGs in service today. So far 1000 aircraft were inspected and around 50 have been found to have cracks in “Pickle Fork” and grounded.
Boeing currently faces crises on multiple fronts., Its 737 Max planes remain grounded, delay in 777x first flight, and a former quality-control engineer said that he found faulty emergency oxygen bottles on the 787 Dreamliner, but that the company stonewalled his request for further investigations.