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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 11:28 am | Updated: 11:03 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

TEMPE — US Airways Group Inc. has found problems on seven of its Boeing 757 aircraft during inspections prompted by the loss of a wing part off another company plane during flight.

US Airways spokesman Phil Gee said Friday the carrier inspected 17 Boeing 757s with similar wing and equipment specifications as the jetliner that was damaged last week.

During the inspections crews found problems on seven planes. They performed minor repairs before returning them to service.

US Airways also is voluntarily rechecking paperwork on 86 older model Boeing 737s to make sure they comply with federal rules for inspecting fuselage and window cracks. Gee said no problems have been found during the recheck, and the carrier is in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

Earlier this month, the FAA imposed a $10.2 million civil penalty on Southwest Airlines for missing similar inspections on older 737s and then continuing to fly the planes with passengers on board.

Gee said the National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating what happened with the wing on its Boeing 757 twin-jet airliner. The aircraft was traveling Saturday from Orlando to Philadelphia with 174 passengers and six crew members aboard. The plane landed in Philadelphia and no one was injured.

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