FAA Has Proposed Fining Boeing $1.25 Million
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States has proposed to fine Boeing $1.25 million for violations during inspections and certifications of aircraft, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Department.
According to these data, the violations occurred under the program, according to which the FAA transfers part of its functions to the aircraft manufacturers themselves, who must independently perform certain types of checks. The airline regulator believes that the company's managers exerted "unacceptable pressure or interfered" in the work of employees who performed such checks.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes two civil penalties totaling $1.25 million against The Boeing Company for alleged violations in the program that allows the aircraft manufacturer to perform certain functions on behalf of the FAA. The FAA alleges that Boeing managers exerted undue pressure or interfered with the work of FAA designees at the company’s plant in South Carolina.
However, as the FAA notes, in all cases, the checks were still performed properly, and the aircraft met all the safety requirements for flights.
In December last year, it was announced that the production of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was suspended. The operation of the aircraft of this model was temporarily stopped after two accidents. On March 10, last year, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people. On October 29, 2018, 189 people died in the crash of a similar model of Lion Air in Indonesia.
Boeing management admitted that in both cases, there was a failure in the maneuverability improvement system on Board the aircraft before they crashed. After that, many countries, including Russia, the United States, and the European Union, suspended the operation of this series of aircraft for security reasons.