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Boeing Calls for 737 MAX Inspections on Loose Bolts, FAA Closely Monitoring

Boeing urges 737 MAX inspections for possible loose bolt

Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft are experiencing yet another quality issue, and the company is asking airlines to examine their aircraft to check for a “possible loose bolt” in the rudder control system.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement on Thursday that “an international operator discovered a bolt with a missing nut while performing routine maintenance on a mechanism in the rudder-control linkage,” that’s why the company recommended the inspections.


“The company discovered an additional undelivered aircraft with a nut that was not properly tightened.” The Federal Aviation Administration stated that it was keeping a careful eye on the inspections and would take additional measures if more loose or missing hardware was found.

According to Boeing, all new 737 Max will go through the inspection process before being delivered to customers. The inspections will take roughly two hours per aircraft. The issue identified on the particular airplane has been remedied.” “We advise operators to inspect their 737 MAX aircraft and notify us of any findings as a precautionary measure.


The FAA will remain in contact with Boeing and the airlines while the inspections are underway. The agency is asking the airlines to work through their approved Safety Management Systems to identify whether any loose hardware has been detected previously and to provide the agency with details on how quickly these two-hour inspections can be completed.