IN BRIEF : Work Urged on 1,300 Aging Jets

From Times wire services

A group of aviation industry and government safety experts recommended today $800-million worth of mandatory work on older airliners to ensure safety of the nation’s aging airliner fleet.

The unprecedented program, if adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration, would affect more than 1,300 early Boeing 747, 737 and 727 models at a cost of over $600,000 each.

The Aging Aircraft Task Force’s working group on older Boeing airliners was organized by the Air Transport Assn., which represents major airlines.