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737 inspections ordered.(News Briefs)(Brief article)

Emergency inspections of 737NGs were being carried out by operators last month after a China Airlines 737-800 was destroyed in a ground fire on Aug. 20 at Naha Airport in Okinawa. All 157 passengers and eight crew escaped the aircraft with only minor injuries reported. The 737 had just parked when the fire started. Cause of the fire was traced to a fuel leak that occurred after a fastener came loose on the main slat track downstop assembly and punctured a slat can.

US FAA initially required US operators to carry out "repetitive detailed inspections" of the main slat track downstop assembly within 24 days but shortened that to 10 days citing "additional reports" of parts coming off the assemblies. …

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