Emergency AD On Beech 1900s

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The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) on Friday ordering operators of all Beech 1900s to inspect wings for cracks. The AD came after reports of cracks in two 1900s. No accident have been reported. Beech spokesman Mike Turner told The Associated Press that the company had already notified owners and most of the 350 aircraft, generally used for short-haul commuter flights, had already been inspected. It's not known if any more cracked wings were found. According to the AD, the cracks found in the two 1900s were significant and, in one of the aircraft, may have occurred after the detailed inspection that is required after 17,500 hours. That plane had 19,126 hours on it when the cracks were found. The cracks were in the lower aft spar cap flange and had spread into the web and terminated at a lightening hole. There were also fasteners missing. There had been no discrepancies noted in the 17,500-hour inspection.