Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3535 posts, RR: 3 Posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
Okay, I might be behind here, but I want to straighten things out.
A little now and then there are some comments about the B737 and their rudder problems. Evey time there is a discussion about Boeing or the 737, people (Airbus lovers) tend to bring up the same old thing. The rudder.
So, I just wanted to know - how many times has a 737 gone down because of a malfunction in the rudder? When was the last time? Is there a similar malfunction on the 737NG's? How come that most airlines have the 737 and that it is one of the most (if not THE most) flown airplane today if there is such a malfunction?
Leon From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1234 times:
My question is: did they ever fix it? I think that the FAA ordered revisions didn't do the job since I know at least one US Airways flight experienced a rudder upset after "correction". Good question about the NG. I don't know the answer. I don't fly on 737s unless there is no other choice. But I am no airbus lover--they always seem underpowered compared to almost any Boeing model.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1210 times:
Look at Southwest, their fleet is made up entirely of 737s. Haven't heard anything from them having any sort of rudder problem on their aircraft. Although it concerns me if this problem will cause another fatal accident. I know that United and US Airways have told their pilots to increase speed during takeoffs and landings on their 737s in case something did go wrong they have time to correct it.