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The U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a fine of $3.9 million on Boeing for installing defective parts on about 133 Boeing 737 NG and MAX airplanes.
The FAA alleged that Boeing “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 issued a statement in June, ordering Airlines to inspect wing slat track assemblies on more than 300 Boeing 737s including MAX that may have improperly manufactured and must be replaced within 10 days.
The parts “Manufactured by a Boeing sub-tier supplier, a batch of up to 148 parts with specific lot numbers are affected”….“The affected parts may be susceptible to premature failure or cracks,” the FAA said. “Although a complete failure of a leading edge slat track would not result in the loss of the aircraft, a risk remains that a failed part could lead to aircraft damage in flight.” FAA said in June.
The FAA said Boeing’s oversight failure “resulted in the installation of slat tracks that were weakened by a condition known as hydrogen embrittlement that occurred during cadmium-titanium plating.”
The company has 30 days to respond either by paying the fine or challenging it; Boeing said it would review the penalty.