NTSB: Severe Turbulence Calls for Severe Inspections

 - October 8, 2007, 6:48 AM

The NTSB has called on the FAA to require more extensive inspections of transport-category airplanes for possible structural damage after they encounter severe turbulence. The recommendations are based on the Safety Board’s investigation of several incidents in which more stringent inspections than currently required by the manufacturers’ aircraft maintenance manuals (AMMs) revealed serious damage. One of the incidents involved a Nov. 17, 2002, encounter with severe turbulence by a Canadair CL600-2B19, the regional-jet derivative of the Challenger business jet.