Boeing 737s under scrutiny

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.

Will the FAA consider investigating other elements of the Boeing 737 that appear to be failing?

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4 Responses to Boeing 737s under scrutiny

  1. Barbara Cockburn 30 August, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks for your comment Kevin. This isn’t a Boeing withchhunt as you suggest. The 737 has been getting a lot of bad press of late and I’m simply cataloguing such stories that happen to involve 737s.
    We don’t yet know the cause of the near miss involving the West Jet 737. But if you have insider knowledge, do let me know.
    Best regards, B

  2. 1 September, 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    I think the criticism of the 737 is unfair.

    Surely the focus should be that the rectification of any in-service issues that led to the China Airlines jet being destroyed.

    Its an unfortunate fact that airplanes crash for a multitude of reasons. Singling out a single type is tantamount to the incorrect scaremongering Airbus engaged in with the “4 engines for longhaul” garbage.

    What we should all be collectively promoting is remedies – not picking on the ailment.

  3. Ari 2 September, 2007 at 5:11 am #

    Correlation is no causation. As far as we know only the CAL incident could be a 737 problem.

  4. Daniel 5 September, 2007 at 8:14 pm #

    I think its the airlines problem for all the crashes. It always seems to be the bad airlines that have the accident! For example China Airlines which has one of the worst records in history.. They should maintain their aircraft properly.

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