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Boeing in new inquiry over 787 inspection doubts

  • By Natalie Sherman
  • Business journalist, New York

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The United States has launched a new investigation into troubled jet company Boeing, after the company told air safety regulators it may not have properly inspected its 787 Dreamliner planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would examine whether staff falsified records.

He said Boeing was re-inspecting all 787 planes on the manufacturing line.

Boeing will be forced to develop an “action plan” to address concerns about planes already in service, he added.

Internally, the company told staff last week that the “misconduct” had not created an “immediate flight safety concern”, according to a message seen by BBC News.

“We quickly reviewed the matter and learned that several individuals had violated company policies by not performing a required test but recording the work as complete,” said Scott Stocker, Boeing program manager. 787, in the email to staff.

The FAA said Boeing “voluntarily” came forward last month to warn that it “may not have performed” necessary inspections to confirm adequate electrical protections where the wings join the main body of some of its 787 Dreamliners, a large plane often used on international flights.

“The FAA is investigating whether Boeing performed the inspections and whether company employees may have falsified the plane’s records,” she said.

“As the investigation continues, the FAA will take all necessary steps – as always – to ensure the safety of the flying public.”

This is the latest problem to arise at Boeing in recent years. In January, an unused emergency exit door caused a new 737 Max 9 plane to explode shortly after takeoff, shining a spotlight on its manufacturing and safety processes.

The incident caused the temporary grounding of dozens of planes and forced the company to significantly slow production, while triggering increased regulatory scrutiny, criminal investigations and other legal and financial problems.

In March, Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun announced he would resign by the end of the year, becoming the highest-profile person to leave the company following the incident.

Boeing’s reputation was damaged a few years ago when two of its 737 Max planes crashed five months apart, costing the lives of 346 passengers and crew. A 737 Max flown by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff in March 2019, following a Lion Air accident in October 2018. This led to the firing of then-chief executive Dennis Muilenburg.

Last month, Congress held a hearing with whistleblowers, including Sam Salehpour, who said his concerns about the 787 had been dismissed.

Boeing said it was working to reform its corporate culture to encourage people who see problems to speak up, with a “more than 500% increase” in employee reports since January.

News Source : www.bbc.com
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