Boeing’s problems proceed to mount as a carrier has grounded two jets because of structural issues.
On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines confirmed that two of their Boeing 737 NG planes had been grounded due to cracked critical equipment, based on News.
KOMO was first to report that inspectors discovered cracks in a vital part of a 737 NG referred to as the pickle fork.
Last week, the FAA ordered emergency inspections, referred to as an “airworthiness directive,” or “AD,” to take place within seven days.
A pickle fork is a part that helps connect a plane’s fuselage to the wing of the aircraft.
Engineers design pickle forks to last for the lifetime of the plane, more than 90,000 landings and takeoffs.
There could be dire outcomes if the pickle fork system on the jet collapses in flight.
These latest groundings for the Southwest 737 NGs come because the airline struggles with a grounded 737 MAX fleet.
Those groundings have brought to the cancellations of an estimated 30,000 Southwest flights since March.