FAA Seeks $2.75M Penalty for Boeing Quality-control Violations

AINmxReports » July 31, 2013
July 31, 2013, 1:25 PM

The FAA is proposing a $2.75 million civil penalty against Boeing for allegedly failing to maintain its commercial airplane quality control system in accordance with approved FAA procedures. In September 2008, Boeing discovered it had been installing nonconforming fasteners on 777s. The following month, the FAA sent Boeing a letter of investigation that requested a response within 20 working days.

The FAA alleges that despite repeatedly submitting action plans that set deadlines for the accomplishment of certain corrective actions, Boeing subsequently failed to implement those plans. The OEM implemented a plan to address the fastener issue on Nov. 10, 2010, more than two years after it first learned of the problem.

“Manufacturers must make it a priority to identify and correct quality problems in a timely manner,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Boeing stopped using the nonconforming fasteners after officials discovered the problem. However, some of the underlying manufacturing issues continued to exist until after the corrective action plan was in place.

Boeing has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s civil penalty letter to respond to the agency.

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Airframer
on August 1, 2013 - 6:22pm

As a 25-year Boeing employee, while we have improved, our emphasis on production is causing us to cut corners, especially on the 787. Our executives focus more on production than employee safety, quality production or engineering or cost effective engineering. We have become the Douglas company in respect to our management style and it sucks big time. We are not over loaded; we are FAT with incompetent managers who are promoted to keep them from screwing up any more from their current positions. Our shop floor people are there only for their wages with no engagement or involvement and I suppose they are as stoned as I was 25 years ago when I went into the shop to do my crappy job and deal with idiotic managers. Moving to salaried jobs was better except taking a $5K pay cut and HR laughing all the way due to a work-incurred injury. The Boeing Company while making progress is a dinosaur worthy of extinction. Just let me retire and get my pension before the regulators take those funds to pay creditors.

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