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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Boeing Warns on 767 Safety

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order Thursday evening, telling all airlines that use the Boeing 767 to check the steel bolts holding the plane's engines in place, after an airline found damage on both bolts under one wing and one of the two on the other side.

Under the terms of the order, the inspection must be completed within five days, said Eliot Brenner, a spokesman for the agency.

Brenner said the review would take five hours for each aircraft, meaning it could be done during normal overnight maintenance, and probably would not require any airlines to ground the planes.

"I wouldn't expect any significant impact on the fleet," he said.

The Boeing Co., which manufactures the 767, itself advised its customers Thursday to conduct the inspection; the FAA made that advice mandatory on Thursday evening. The bolts in question stop the engines from swinging from side to side or twisting. There are two for each engine; the plane has one engine under each of its two wings.

Liz Verdier, a spokeswoman for Boeing, said that as of Thursday, 20 other planes had been inspected, and none showed bolt damage. But on the plane where damage was found, two bolts were partly cracked, and one was cracked all the way through, which "gave us a little bit of concern," she said.

The plane was one of the earliest off the production line, she said. The first 767 was delivered in August 1982.