FAA describes changes to 737 rudders
March 11, 1999
From CNN Correspondent Carl Rochelle
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration, seeking to blunt expected recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board for major changes in the rudder systems of 737 jetliners, briefed reporters Thursday on three steps it has taken to deal with problems experienced with those planes:
The NTSB has scheduled a public meeting next week to deliberate and issue its final report on the crash of a USAir (now USAirways) 737 in September 1994 near Pittsburgh that killed all 132 people on board.
A draft of the Safety Board report indicates NTSB will recommend major changes in the rudder systems on 737 jetliners.
The board will not comment on the draft beyond saying it is a fluid statement, very much in the process of being amended by members and staff.
However, those who follow the 737 rudder problems fully expect the board to recommend that the FAA order a major redesign of the rudder system.
FAA officials say there is no need for a major redesign because all known problems have been dealt with.
One official said that trying to re-engineer a new system into an existing plane could create new safety problems that have not even been considered at this time.
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