When will it be time for FAA to step in and ground the oldest of the 737-300-series jets? Will they do it when it's too late and there are fatalities?
As it indicates from the articles, airframes have a log of mileage they have flown, correct? There is an industry limit - an absolute threshhold where the airframe has to be scrapped. Or perhaps there is one and they ignore? It's clear that as a routine procedure they x-ray these things periodically in their inspections.
What is the appropriate oversight and why does it seem that it's not being adhered to with these older 737-300 planes? Oh, yes profit and the poor economy and lax FAA regulators? Is it that simple?
The industry has been relatively safe from air fatalities so why do they take these potential risks? Or is it something that is just flukey coincidence?