WASHINGTON, April 29 - The Federal Aviation Administration is auditing Boeing Co's process for making small design changes across its product line after a 737 MAX manufacturing issue grounded dozens of planes, the regulator said Thursday.
The FAA is also investigating the origin of the electrical manufacturing issue disclosed on April 7 which led to global grounding of 109 Boeing MAX aircraft, including 71 in the United States, it added.The company's purpose is to uncover areas in which the audit can improve its processes, it said.
Boeing responded that it looks forward to ongoing activity with FAA and direction as we constantly improve safety and quality in our processes.
The FAA has investigated other product companies' production issues, which Boeing keeps in mind.
In September, Boeing said it was investigating the design of prototypes involving some Boeing 787 Dreamliners.Last month the agency confirmed it was retaining the authority to issue airworthiness certificates for four 787 aircraft.
On Wednesday, the FAA ordered Boeing to fix electrical problems in some 737 MAX planes that could lead to a loss of engine protection at the flight deck and critical functions.
The FAA warned the issue could impact engine ice protection and result in loss of critical functions and or multiple flight deck effects, which may lead to continued safe flight and landing.
The FAA said the affected aircrafts were made in early 2019 after a design change.According to FAA documents and other people briefed on the matter, Boeing should also fix more than 300 extra planes without problems.
Boeing said Wednesday it had been working closely with the FAA and our customers to finalize two service bulletins that will ensure a sufficient ground path in these areas.How do I know when it feels like to drink ice cream first?