A Boeing logo is on the fuselage of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft manufactured by Boeing Co. on display ahead of the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, UK on Sunday 13 July 2014.
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The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating quality control errors at Boeing that could go back nearly a decade, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing a memo from the internal government and people familiar with the matter.
The review focuses on the numerous regulatory issues Boeing faced after two crashes with its 737 Max aircraft that killed all 346 people on board the two flights. Since then, Boeing has seen a re-examination of its safety standards and manufacturing protocols, as well as a flurry of questions from both regulators and lawmakers. The 737 Max aircraft remain grounded.
That latest assessment was triggered by production issues at a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plant, the report said. An internal FAA memo reviewed by the Journal showed that Boeing had notified regulators that parts were being made that did not meet its own design and manufacturing standards. As a result, the FAA high-level review could require increased or expedited inspections for up to 900 of the 1,000 or so Dreamliners shipped since 2011, according to the report.
Boeing told regulators that a failure of the Dreamliner would not pose an immediate safety risk due to the deterioration in quality, those familiar with the matter told the Journal, and regulators are not planning any immediate action. In August, however, Boeing decided to voluntarily instruct airlines to ground eight of the aircraft for immediate repairs, as that defect was combined with a recently discovered assembly line defect, the Journal reported.
In a statement, a Boeing spokesman said the company had identified two separate manufacturing issues that, on their own, still met the limit load requirements. In combination, however, they result in "a condition that does not meet our design standards". Boeing told the FAA that it is conducting its own "root cause" review and "immediately contacted the airlines operating the eight affected aircraft to inform them of the situation, and the aircraft have been temporarily decommissioned pending you." can be repaired. "
"Safety and quality are top priorities for Boeing. We are taking the appropriate measures to resolve these problems and prevent them from occurring again," the statement said. "The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been fully informed and we will continue to work closely with them in the future."
The FAA did not immediately comment on the journal's report.
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