WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board called Friday for the inspection of one of the most popular private planes being flown because of concern about cracking that could cause the wing to separate.
The warning covers the widely used Piper PA-28 series of single-engine propeller planes, of which more than 35,000 are used in everything from pleasure flying to pipeline inspections.
It was not known how many of the planes might be subject to the unusual fatigue cracking cited by the safety board, but a board spokesman said the warning is generally aimed at planes that have a record of high use.
Seeks FAA Action
The board, investigating the recent crash of a Piper PA-28 in Texas, urged the Federal Aviation Administration to require that the wing supports, or spars, of PA-28s--as well as other Piper planes with similar spars--be inspected as soon as possible.