Boeing’s crisis-hit 737 Max aircraft faces new safety concerns, the BBC reported Wednesday, after the company said debris had been found in the wing tanks of several undelivered Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The head of the Boeing 737 project told employees that the discovery was “absolutely unacceptable.”
A Boeing spokesman said: “During repairs, we found ‘foreign debris’ (FOD) on the Boeing 737 Max aircraft currently in stock. This finding triggered a robust internal investigation and immediate corrective action was taken in our production system. “
“Exon fragmentation” is an industrial term that refers to broken cloth, tools, metal chips or other materials left by workers during assembly.
The Boeing 737 Max has been banned worldwide after two crashes that killed 346 people.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it was monitoring Boeing’s response to the new problem, would step up inspections based on the preliminary inspection report and take further action based on the findings.
Boeing said it did not expect any new delays in the 737 Max’s re-use. The company said the re-flying could take place by the middle of this year.