South Korea grounds 9 Boeing 737 NG planes after finding structural cracks

The U.S. FAA has ordered all aircraft operators globally using Boeing planes to inspect for structural cracks.

On Friday, in a statement South Korea’s transport ministry stated, it has grounded nine Boeing Co 737 NG planes after checks found structural cracks which require repairs.

The development comes in the wake of an order from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month for aircraft operators to inspect older Boeing 737 NGs for structural cracks.

On October 11, in a statement Boeing had said, inspections of 810 planes globally had led to 38 requiring repair.

According to South Korea’s transport ministry, it found nine planes with cracks among 42 planes that were examined. Among the nine grounded planes five are operated by Korean Air Lines.

The 737 NG is the third-generation 737 and version before the now-grounded 737 MAX, which is not impacted by the cracking issue.

A Korean Air spokesman said the carrier has 18 737 NG aircraft and will replace the five short-range airplanes with other jets.

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