We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of an inboard main landing gear (MLG) door assembly departure due to premature fatigue cracking in the inboard MLG door hinge fittings. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking of the inboard MLG door hinge fittings; and modification of cracked fittings, which would terminate the repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking in the inboard MLG door hinge fittings which could result in loss of the MLG door assembly from the airplane; loss of the MLG door assembly could impact the flight control surfaces and result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Agency Contact: Nancy Marsh, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone: 425-917- 6440; fax: 425-917-6590; email: email@example.com.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on August 2, 2012.