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US Aviation Agency proposes airworthiness directive for two-decade-old Boeing 757s


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday proposed an airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing 757s after safety concerns were raised about cracks in hidden areas of the aircraft. aircraft, which have not been produced for the past two decades.

“This proposed AD was prompted by the possibility of cracks appearing in hidden areas under the sill plates in the fuselage skin and the bear strap of certain doors,” the FAA said.

The aviation authority has offered an inspection or verification of maintenance records for repairs to areas around the fuselage skin door cutout, as well as the lower corners of some doors and other actions applicable depending on the state.

“The FAA is proposing this AD to remedy the unsafe condition[s] on these products,” he said.

The FAA also said comments on the proposed airworthiness directive must be received within 45 days in the US Federal Register for it to be implemented.

According to media reports, the 757 aircraft was a successful jet line for Boeing, with some 1,050 units built. Boeing decided in late 2003 to end production of the aircraft due to the increased capabilities of its new 737 jets and the potential for an all-new 787 jet to meet the needs of the 757 market.

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“A relaunch of the 757 could turn out to be a great move,” trade journal simpleflying.com said in a September blog post on its website. “If the range can be increased, the higher capacity and the ability to operate at smaller airports could ensure strong sales.”

Boeing did not immediately comment on the FAA’s proposed airworthiness directive.



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