Southwest Airlines 737-300. Photo: By Rob Finlayson. [UPDATED] US FAA will issue an emergency directive Tuesday that will require operators of "specific" Boeing 737-300/400/500 series aircraft to conduct initial and repetitive electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage following Friday’s midair rupture of the fuselage skin on Southwest Airline Flight 812 (ATW Daily News, April 4). This action, which the agency announced Monday afternoon, will “initially ...

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