Boeing Urges Inspections of 737 Max Planes for Possible Loose Bolt Boeing has recently released a new alert urging airlines to inspect their Boeing 737 Max planes for a possible loose bolt. The issue was discovered through flight tests conducted late last year, and the company is now recommending that carriers inspect their aircraft for the issue. The loose bolt issue, which was identified on certain Boeing 737 Max aircraft, could potentially reduce the airplane’s maximum airspeed and limit its control. As a result, the aircraft could be more difficult to manage if the problem is present. According to Boeing, the issue relates to fuel risers and fuel nozzles on the rear wings of 737 Max aircraft which has been equipped with the optional LEAP 1B engines. The company is urging airlines to inspect planes with that equipment to ensure that the bolts are properly tightened. The issue is relatively minor and can be quickly rectified. Thanks to improvements in manufacturing processes, it’s unlikely that many aircraft have the problem. It also poses no significant safety risk, though Boeing has recommended that airlines take prompt corrective action if it is found. Boeing is continuing to evaluate the issue to better understand its breadth and scope, and additional guidance for operators of MAX aircraft may be forthcoming. In the meantime, the company is continuing to encourage operators to follow its recommendation. Boeing’s 737 Max is still currently grounded due to an issue related to its flight control software. The company has already submitted a proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration to address the issue and is currently awaiting approval. Once that occurs, the 737 Max will be cleared for flight once again. The recent alert about the loose bolt on 737 Max aircraft is a relatively minor matter and should not cause alarm. If found, the problem can quickly be addressed and the aircraft will be no less safe to fly.