Boeing has urged owners of the 737 Max plane to check for loose bolts on the aircraft after it was recently discovered that a defect was causing issues for the aircraft.
The 737 Max has been grounded since March 2019 due to two fatal crashes, but over the past few months, Boeing has been working on bringing the aircraft back into service. As part of this process, Boeing recently realized that certain bolts which kept the jetliner’s trim system in place could be improperly tightened, resulting in “erratic trim operation”. This could cause the plane to move away from its intended course in flight.
In order to address the issue, Boeing has recommended that maintenance personnel inspect the affected bolts and ensure that they are properly tightened. If the bolts are found to be loose, maintenance personnel should replace them with new ones. Boeing has also said that this process should be completed on all 737 Max aircraft before they are returned to service.
The news of the defect has been met with a mix of reactions. Some airlines have expressed concern that the tightenings could have gone unnoticed during the plane’s last maintenance check, as there was no procedure in place to inspect the bolts. Others have expressed their confidence in Boeing and said that it is better to be safe than sorry.
Overall, Boeing is taking the issue seriously and wants to make sure that its customers are not put in any danger as a result of this defect. The company is committed to ensuring that the 737 Max aircrafte are safe and are ready to serve passengers once again.