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Boeing 757s may need inspection

May 24, 2008|From Times Wire Services

U.S. airlines should be required to inspect more than 670 Boeing Co. 757s to prevent wing sections from coming off in flight, as occurred March 22 on a US Airways Group Inc. jet, a safety board said.

A wing section measuring 4 by 5 feet dislodged near Baltimore at 27,000 feet on a flight to Philadelphia from Orlando, Fla. The section struck several windows, cracking one, but the plane landed with no injuries.

Three clips attaching the wing section to the plane had fatigue cracks, the National Transportation Safety Board said. US Airways discovered cracked clips on seven of 18 757s inspected after the incident, the board said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering an inspection requirement, a spokeswoman said.

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