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Boeing embroiled in new inquiry over 787 safety

  • May 8, 2024
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Boeing embroiled in new inquiry over 787 safety

The United State has opened a new inquiry into Boeing after the company told air safety regulators that it may have failed to properly inspect its 787 Dreamliner planes. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that it would be looking into whether or not any members of staff at the company had falsified any records.  

Boeing would be re-inspecting every 787 jet on the production line, it said. The firm would have to develop an “action plan” addressing concerns about any planes in service, it added.

Internally, staff were told that the “misconduct” would not lead to any “immediate safety of flight issue” the BBC reported.

“We quickly reviewed the matter and learned that several people had been violating company policies by not performing a required test, but recording the work as having been completed,” Scott Stocker, head of the Boeing 787 program, told staff in an email.

The FAA said that Boeing had “voluntarily” come forward, warning that “it may not have completed” inspections needed. These inspections are required to ensure adequate electrical safeguards where the wings join the body of certain 787 Dreamliners.

“The FAA is investigating whether Boeing completed the inspections and whether company employees may have falsified aircraft records,” it said. “As the investigation continues, the FAA will take any necessary action – as always – to ensure the safety of the flying public.”

This is the latest issue to affect Boeing in recent years. In January, an unused emergency exit door blew off a new 737 Max 9 plane not long after taking off, calling the manufacturer’s safety into question. It led to the temporary grounding of dozens of planes grounded, forcing the company to “drastically” slow down its production. It also triggered increased regulatory oversight, criminal investigations, as well as other legal and financial issues.

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