FAA to order inspections of 767 wing flapsApril 1, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration plan to issue an order soon requiring operators of Boeing 767 jets to inspect their wing flaps.
The order follows an incident last week in which a 21-foot piece of a wing flap fell off a Delta Airlines 767 that was preparing to land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The flaps are located on the trailing edge of the aircraft wing and usually are deployed during takeoff and landing to increase lift and drag. FAA officials say the Delta incident is still under investigation, but they suspect the flap may have developed a crack because bolts holding one section of the flap to the wing may not have been tightened correctly.
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