US National Transportation Safety Board said its investigation of the April 1 midair fuselage skin rupture on a Southwest Airlines 737-300 has found alignment issues with rivets and rivet holes in the area of the fracture, raising the prospect that manufacturing problems could have played a role in the incident (ATW Daily News, April 6) in addition to, or instead of, aircraft fatigue. A portion of the fuselage skin that contained the 9-inch wide, 59-inch long hole and another section of ...

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