FAA probes allegations Boeing pressured their designated QC inspectors
THE US Federal Aviation Administration (F) has begun a probe into Boeing after its employees authorised by the government to assess the quality of the work done, faced duress while assessing aircraft designs, reports Bloomberg
13 July 2020 - 19:00
The F's compliance action, which focuses on a controversial programme known as Organisation Designation Authorisation that grants planemakers authority to sign off on designs for the agency, is looking at whether workers faced 'undue pressure,' according to released government documents.
The F has sent Boeing two letters of investigation, which can lead to enforcement actions including fines and other penalties, according to a little-noticed section of a watchdog report on how Boeing and the F approved the 737 Max, which was grounded last year after its second fatal crash.
The report by the Transportation Department Inspector General, which found that Boeing had withheld critical information on the Max during its certification, said the F has spurned the company's attempts to settle the investigation. The F's investigation has so far stopped short of an enforcement case.
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