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User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3509 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 976 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?

Please, throw me a bone here...
Tnx

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User currently offlineLeon From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 922 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.

User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 914 times:

That's just one of the things I want to know - is the problem fixed? I've flown the 737 many times and I've never experienced any problems... I don't know. I trust the 737...old and new ones.

User currently offlineLeon From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 911 times:

I trust it when I have to. But it bugs me that no one can really fully explain those accidents.

User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 909 times:

I agree. It's kinda odd that no one has an explanation to what is (was?) going on. But it won't make me stop flying the plane. I like it and trust it like any other.

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 898 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.

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