Re: FAA issues Emergency AD for recent 737s

From:         "Eric Olesen" <>
Date:         12 Jan 1998 13:28:48 -0500
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Karl Swartz wrote in message ...

>Investigators discovered that the right horizontal stabilizer may have
>separated from the SilkAir aircraft prior to impact, and that two rows
>of fasteners (26 in all) were missing from the leading edge of the right
>horizontal stabilizer.  The fasteners may never have been installed.  In
>addition, a hinge bolt from the right elevator was missing.

If this is on the leading edge, just how visible is it that the fasteners
were missing???  Is this something that the airline should have noticed
during pre-delivery acceptance inpections?  Obviously, this should have been
picked up on by Boeing, but...