An order by the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), set for publication in Monday's Federal Register, calls
for beefed up inspections of a flight control mechanism, known
as an "elevator," which helps planes climb and descend, the
business daily reported.
Spokespeople for Boeing and the FAA could not be immediately
reached for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.
Elevators that do not work properly have not been identified as
causing a 767 accident, the Journal reported. The FAA first
became aware of the problem in 2000, when it ordered enhanced
checks to find problems. The inspections at that time were
viewed as a temporary response. Boeing eventually designed a
permanent fix, which the FAA order will direct airlines to make,
according the Journal.
The mandate takes effect in March and requires U.S. airlines to
replace suspicious parts within six years, according to the
(Reporting by Suzanne Barlyn;
editing by Marguerita Choy)
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