Economy

April 4, 2011

FAA to order airlines to check more Boeing 737s for fatigue

Federal authorities are requiring airlines to check more Boeing 737 airplanes for metal fatigue in the wake of Friday’s incident, in which a 5-foot hole opened in a fuselage of a Southwest Airlines jet in midair. The Federal Aviation Administration said it will issue an emergency directive on Tuesday, requiring checks of older models that have more than 30,000 flight cycles.

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