US orders inspection of Boeing 767s

Problem with rivets could result in loss of control

Air safety regulators in the USA have announced plans to inspect more than 400 Boeing 767s. The Federal Aviation Administration regulators say that a problem with rivets could prevent the ability of the aircraft to function normally.

The plan is an expansion of an investigation into the rivets on 415 of these medium- to long-haul jets that first began in August 2000.

The plan comes under a new airworthiness directive, effective from March 3, which will investigate the condition of the 767’s six bellcranks to see if they could cause “failures or jams” resulting in the “possible loss of control of the airplane.” Boeing says it is working closely with the FAA on the issue.


[pictured: British Airways Boeing 767-300, London Heathrow]