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Indonesia grounds three Boeing 737 NG after cracks found in pickle forks

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 17, 2019   /  05:09 pm
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A Garuda Indonesia aircraft gets ready for takeoff. Garuda and Sriwijaya Air have grounded a total of three Boeing 737 NG planes following the discovery of cracks in their pickle forks.(Shutterstock.com/cesc_assawin)

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has grounded a Boeing 737 NG and Sriwijaya Air has grounded two planes of the same type after inspectors found cracks in the pickle forks of the aircraft. The inspection was carried out following the issuance of an airworthiness directive by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), asking operators to conduct inspections on Boeing 737 NG type aircraft with more than 30,000 flight cycles (takeoffs and landings). The airworthiness directive was issued after Boeing discovered cracks in pickle forks of a number of its Boeing 737 NGs. The pickle fork refers to the part of the aircraft that attaches the main fuselage of the plane to its wing structure, playing a key role in maintaining and managing the force of the aircraft. “There are three Boeing 737 NGs in our fleet that have reached 30,000 flight cycles. Garud...