Boeing faces another fine of more than $3.9 million (about $28 million) for installing defective components on 133 737s.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that Boeing will be fined a total of $391,6871 (about $28 million) by the U.S. federal government for negligence in airworthiness testing and the installation of aircraft parts, Russian news agency Riagalone reported.
According to the FAA, on June 29, 2018, the front-edge seam wing rails processed by Southwest United Industries (SUI) were shipped to Spirit Aero Systems Inc., around September 11, 2018. Spirit notified Boeing that the quality test for the front seam wing rail failed and detected traces of hydrogen, but eventually Boeing installed the components on the 737 series.
“The front edge seam guide rail is located at the front of the wing of the Boeing 737 aircraft and is used to guide the movement of the panel and provides additional lift during take-off and landing,” the FAA said in a statement.
Some 48 Boeing 737 aircraft were fitted with substandard front-edge slit-wing guides between August 16, 2018 and October 9, 2018, and 85 more were fitted with the components between October 10, 2018 and February 2019, the report said.
The report said the reported fines of more than $3.9 million are just one of many problems Boeing faces. The Boeing 737 Max was grounded worldwide in two accidents in October 2018 and March that killed 346 people. Boeing has set aside $100 million (about 700 million yuan) to compensate the families of the victims.
In addition, several recent FAA reports have failed to approve the re-entry of the Boeing 737 Max. United Airlines has decided to buy 50 Airbus passenger jets as a new option to open up the market to replace Boeing, which is in trouble, Russian satellite news agency Riaghe reported a few days ago.
The FAA said in a statement on the 6th that Boeing has 30 days to respond to the civil penalty notice, boeing has not yet come forward to respond to the matter. (Overseas Network Wei Xuexuan)