Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3701 times:
They are supposed to check them. However, it sounds to me like this was a panel or compartment that was closed off and not part of the routine maintenance schedule. Of course, I have no idea how a 747 is serviced and if there is such a compartment, but that's the impression I get from the (relatively uninformative) article.
Then again, maybe some pilots (and Mechs!) aren't doing their jobs at ANA? I doubt it, but one never knows...
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