Boeing is facing a big crisis right now after the Australian airline Qantas found cracks in a 737 Next Generation plane, joining a growing list of other airlines reporting similar issues. It has already resulted in some airlines grounding planes.
On 31 October Qantas said it found some cracks in one of the 737NG planes. Due to this circumstance, Qantas will repair the plane and check 33 other planes.
Qantas doesn't see an immediate safety risk
BBC reported that the airline said that there wasn't an immediate safety risk and if it wasn't safe, the airline wouldn't operate the aircraft.
A month ago, Boeing discovered the cracking problem in the 737NG. Right now many 737NG planes are in service around the world after the inspections done by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
However; the inspections were instructed only for the planes which flew more than 30,000 times, while Qantas' airplane had fewer than 27,000 flights, the BBC reported.
With Qantas disclosing the issues, the list of 737NG planes grounded by airlines is getting bigger. Korean Air grounded 9 of its planes on Friday after cracks were found and news agency Agence France-Presse reported that in the world, around 50 737NG planes have been grounded at the moment.
Steve Purvinas, the federal secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) told the media 31 October, that the crack "was about an inch long, it's very small. But these things do propagate very quickly when they're under load... It's when that grows, and that grows very quickly, that you have problems," The Guardian reported.
Problem not the same as the 737 Max
This problem is different from the one with the 737 Max planes, which caused the death of 346 people in two separate crashes in October 2018 and March 2019. That has resulted in 737 Max planes have been grounded everywhere in the world.
Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO of Boeing, testified before Congress earlier this week and was accused of "pushing profits over quality and safety." Muilenburg apologized to the families of the victims.
As a consequence of the incidents, Boeing has lost billions and airlines are demanding compensation because of the canceled flights, reduced routes, and other restrictions.