Prompted by the Oct. 26 incident involving an American Airlines 757 that experienced a decompression event after a hole opened in the fuselage on the upper crown just above the left door, US FAA on Monday plans to issue a new airworthiness directive requiring "repetitive inspections" of 757s to look for fuselage skin cracking and make repairs if needed. "We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the fuselage skin of the crown skin panel, which could ...

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