US Authorities Will Check Boeing For Manufacturing Errors During The Assembly Of The 737 MAX
The US Department of Justice and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are conducting tests on Boeing Co. in connection with information about long-term large-scale problems in the field of quality control of the Assembly of 737 MAX aircraft, the Wall Street Journal newspaper writes, citing informed sources.
In this regard, Boeing may face much more serious legal liability than previously assumed.
The checks are based around a case of unsuccessful design of the 737 MAX flight control system, considered earlier by a Federal jury. As part of larger investigations conducted by the Justice Department and FAA, the possibility of safety problems due to manufacturing errors is being checked, sources say.
Flights of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were suspended worldwide in March 2019 after two plane crashes. In March, 157 people were killed when a plane of this model of Ethiopian Airlines crashed. In October 2018, 189 people were killed in the crash of the Boeing 737 MAX of the Indonesian company Lion Air.
According to sources, the case considered by the jury focused primarily on what information about the risks of using 737 MAX aircraft was conveyed by Boeing employees to the FAA before the crashes.
At the same time, the Justice Department and FAA are also checking whether there were production problems that could become a Wake-up call regarding the aircraft manufacturer's compliance with the necessary requirements and safety measures.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Boeing found foreign objects in the fuel tanks of several new 737 MAX aircraft awaiting delivery to customers. The presence of foreign objects, including tools and rags, according to experts, could have serious consequences from the point of view of safety.
The FAA investigation could result in civil law enforcement against Boeing, including a multimillion-dollar fine, the sources said. The aviation regulator also plans to increase state control and strengthen inspections of Assembly lines after the planned resumption of production of 737 MAX aircraft in the coming months.
Earlier this week, the WSJ wrote that Boeing will probably postpone the return to service of 737 MAX aircraft until at least the end of summer or early fall of this year because it will not be able to get regulatory approval to resume flights before August.
Boeing shares are up 0.4% in Tuesday trading. Since the beginning of this year, their value has collapsed by 60%.