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Boeing is fixing new fuselage cracks found on US Air Force C-17s, while senior commanders have made public an internal dispute over the future of the heavy airlifter's production line.
Asked to elaborate, a Boeing source says the stress cracks are located beneath and forward of the wing. But he adds: "The cracks are a minor occurrence, and don't pose a safety hazard for the aircraft or flight crews. There's no impact on the operational readiness of these planes and the cracks are being fixed during regularly scheduled maintenance with a simple technique."