The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday issued an airworthiness directive for certain Boeing Co 787 airplanes, asking for inspection of the jets following reports of torn decompression panels in the bilge area.
The planemaker is beginning to mend various issues found in the 787 Dreamliner. The fixes, which could affect at least 88 stored aircraft that were manufactured throughout the year, are expected to set back the company hundreds of millions, potentially billions, of extra costs, reported Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. The sum could vary depending on the number of aircraft and the state of inspected 787s, the source added.
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The FAA plans to order inspections for cracking near the wheelwell on “certain” Boeing 787-8s and -9s linked to improper shimming during production.
The FAA said its mandate would apply to 79 U.S.-registered aircraft.
The issue affects joints in the aft wheelwell bulkhead—a large composite structure running transversely across the lower section of the fuselage close to the junction of the wing trailing edge. The cracking problem is focused on the forward edge of the bulkhead’s side fitting at Station 1290 on both sides of the fuselage, the side fitting outer chord and fail-safe strap areas, as well as the body chord itself, the draft AD said.