Boeing Faces $5.7 Million Fine For Defective Parts
The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) announced last week that it is seeking to impose a USD $3.9 million fine on manufacturing giant, Boeing, after allegations that Boeing ‘failed to prevent the installation of defective parts on about 130 737 NG airplanes’.
In a statement released, the FAA said that the Boeing Corporation “failed to adequately oversee its suppliers to ensure they complied with the company’s quality assurance system… Boeing knowingly submitted aircraft for final FAA airworthiness certification after determining that the parts could not be used due to a failed strength test.”
The FAA said that the Boeing Corporation “failed to adequately oversee its suppliers to ensure they complied with the company’s quality assurance system.”
According to reports, while Boeing said it was aware of the FAA’s concerns as to the air-worthiness of the impacted 737 models, the company did not concede liability.
“We are working closely with our customers to take the appropriate corrective actions,” Charles Bickers, a Boeing spokesperson said.
Boeing now has thirty days to respond to the FAA’s move either through paying the fine or challenging it in the legal system. Boeing has stated previously that it would review the details of the penalty and choose a plan of action thereafter.
According to Reuters, “the FAA disclosed in June that 300 NG and 737 MAX airplaines could contain improperly manufactured parts and said it would require these parts to be quickly replaced. The fine announced on Friday only relates to NG airplaine components, the FAA said, but it is continuing to review the issue as it relates to the MAX.”
“The parts at issue are tracks on the leading edge of the wings used to guide the movement of the slats that provide additional lift during takeoff and landing, the FAA said. The issue could result in a slat striking an airplane, potentially resulting in injury to passengers or preventing a safe landing.”
The FAA says that Boeing’s safety oversight failure could have “resulted in the installation of slat tracks that were weakened by a condition know as hydrogen embrittlement that occurred during cadmium-titanium plating.”
According to the report from Reuters, “Boeing’s safety record has come under criticism from some in Congress, as has the FAA’s certification of the 737 MAX, which has been grounded since March after two fatal crashes killed 346 people. Boeing said it will ensure “all inspections and any necessary part replacements are performed on all 737 MAXs before they return to service.”