More stringent FAA-mandated inspections may be coming for operators of older Boeing 757s, the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor reported Friday.
The FAA rule would come in the wake of OEM guidance: Boeing issued a service bulletin last Thursday recommending operators look for potential cracking in the upper forward fuselage skin on certain 757s.
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American Airlines, which operates 124 of the type, started inspecting its two-thirds fleet last week per the SB. As of today, Andrea Ahlers of the Star-Telegram's Sky Talk blog, reports that about half of the inspections are complete.
An incident involving an American 757 sparked the SB. Back in October, a 757-200 en route from Miami to Boston experienced a rupture in the fuselage just above the front, left door that led to depressurization and forced an emergency landing.
The potential, forthcoming AD would come in addition to other recent FAA inspection mandates for aging aircraft. The agency issued its final rule on WFD (widespread fatigue damage) in mid-November, as the final piece of its aging aircraft program.