- The FAA believes there are “other manufacturing problems” at Boeing.
- Regulators have previously said the Alaska Airlines near-disaster should not have happened and “cannot happen again.”
- The agency had previously been criticized for allowing Boeing to conduct its own investigations.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced it would audit Boeing’s production line and its suppliers after a Alaska An airline plane exploded in mid-flight.
The agency will significantly step up oversight of Boeing, with the FAA chief publicly saying he believes there are “other manufacturing problems” at the company.
It comes a day after the regulatory agency announced an investigation into Boeing and said it was a near disaster. should not have occurred and “cannot happen again”.
In its statement Thursday, the FAA said it informed Boeing that it was investigating whether the aircraft manufacturer had failed to “ensure that the finished products conformed to its approved design and were in a condition for safe operation.” “.
“The safety of the flying public, not speed, will determine the timing of returning the Boeing 737-9 Max to service,” the FAA said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it would audit the production line at Boeing and its suppliers after the door of an Alaska Airlines plane exploded in flight.
It comes a day after the regulatory agency announced an investigation into Boeing and said the near-disaster should not have happened and “cannot happen again.”
The FAA added that the results of the audit “will determine whether additional audits are necessary.”
“We will cooperate fully and transparently with the FAA and NTSB in their investigations,” Boeing said in a statement.
The agency had previously been criticized for letting Boeing conduct its own investigations after two fatal crashes involving Boeing’s 737 Max 8.
It has now announced that it will review its decision to delegate certain responsibilities to Boeing and consider transferring certain functions to independent third-party entities.
After last Friday’s horrific incident, the FAA grounded 171 Boeing planes equipped with the same panel – most of which are operated by Alaska Airlines and United Airlines – pending safety inspections.
The Alaska Airlines plane, in service for only eight weeks, took off from Portland, Oregon, last Friday and was flying at 16,000 feet when the panel tore off the plane. The pilots returned the plane to Portland, with only minor injuries suffered by passengers.
Emergency exit used as cabin window exploded on Alaskan Airlines flight from Portland to California at 16,000 feet
The flight scheduled to arrive at Ontario International Airport in California turned around after the hatch came loose Friday evening.
Video game designer Sean Bates assumed the phone had been dropped by a jogger when he found it on the side of a road in rural Washington state, because there were no scratches on it.
Both Alaska Airlines and United Airlines said they had I found spare parts on several planes grounded during preliminary checks, raising new concerns about how Boeing’s best-selling family of planes is made.
Both carriers have canceled hundreds of flights since Saturday and MAX 9 planes are grounded.
Earlier this week, in his first public acknowledgment of the disaster, Boing CEO Dave Calhoun acknowledged his mistakes and told staff that the company would ensure that an accident like the panel explosion ‘Alaska Airlines flight ‘could never happen again’.
Calhoun said he was “shaken to the bone” by the accident.
This near disaster comes just five years after the 8 variant of the plane suffered two fatal crashes in 2017 and 2018 in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which killed more than 300 people.