2007 has not been a good year so far for the Boeing 737.
In January, Indonesian low cost carrier Adam Air 737 crashed into the sea killing all 102 people on board. Only now has the flight data and voice recorder been found. The operation took so long because the US and Indonesia could not agree on which country should recover the cost of the retrieval.
Earlier in August we heard about the China Airlines 737 that caught fire due to a punctured fuel tank in Japan.
On 28 June you’ll remember the TAAG Angola crash. The Boeing 737-200 had been involved in several other accidents, and officials say the aircraft had problems during the attempted landing.
On 5 May a Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 with 114 people on board crashed in southern Cameroon. For “undetermined reasons” the aircraft descended and crashed. The overall flight time was less than 2min.
Following the CAL fire in Japan, the US Federal Aviaiton Association has ordered an investigation on all of the aircraft type’s wing slats.
In the CAL incident, the Airworthiness Directive said loose parts of the downstop assembly punctured the slat can, which resulted in a fuel leak and ground fire that destroyed the aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a runway incursion at LAX in which two airliners may have missed each other by less than 40 feet on 16 August. One of the aircraft was a West Jet 737.