FAA Grounds P2 Neptune Fleet for inspections
February 7, 2012 1 Comment
Yesterday I noticed the P2 Neptune had departed Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Now I know why.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) mandating the former US Navy patrol planes dating from the 1950s be grounded pending inspection for wing cracks, after a 24 inch crack was found in a wing main spar.
The AD mandates inspection within one day of receipt of the Airworthiness Directive.
The number of available civil large air tankers in USA is currently at zero until inspections are completed, one by one.
History: P2 Neptune on Wikipedia