737 Rudder Fix Ready ... Finally
Almost 12 years and about $1 billion later, Boeing has rolled out its first Boeing 737 with an enhanced rudder-control system. Boeing 737 crashes in 1991 and 1994 were blamed on rudders that suddenly swung without pilot input. In both cases the aircraft rolled over and crashed. A total of 157 people died. U.S. operators have until November, 2008, to install the kit and foreign aviation agencies usually follow the FAA's lead. The new jet was number 1,268 of the modern version of the 737 and all subsequent production aircraft will have the new system. This year, the company will make the system available for the 4,000 737s already in service.