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FAA ORDERS 747-400 STRUCTURAL CHECKS
USA, The mandated inspections recommend checks on a critical area of the plane's fuselage after a dozen 747-400s in service reported turned up cracking on the same area in older models. The checks are called for longeron splice fittings that carry loads generated by forces acting on the plane's tail section. "Such damage could result in the inabilty of the structure to carry horizontal stabilizer...
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency