US FAA shortened the time airlines have to carry out detailed inspections of 737NG main slat track downstop assemblies from 24 days to 10 days, citing "additional reports" of parts coming off assemblies. The agency issued an emergency AD last weekend requiring "repetitive detailed inspections" of the downstop assembly on 737NGs in the wake of last week's fire and explosion on a China Airlines 737-800 in Okinawa (ATWOnline, Aug. 28). The fire was caused by a fuel leak that started when loose ...

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