FAA Expands Boeing Investigation To Suppliers

Daniel Fowkes
18 Jan 2024
· Aircraft 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding its investigation into Boeing's production practices by focusing on suppliers.

Following the launch of an investigation into Boeing and its production practices, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it’s widening its inspections.

Suppliers To Be Investigated

In a new statement, the Federal Aviation Adminsitration says that investigations into Boeing’s manufacturing process and primarily production lines will stretch to subcontractors.

The predominant supplier at the front of the inspections is Spirit AeroSystems, responsible for a large portion of the makeup of the 737 aircraft.

Ultimately, a broadening of focus follows what is labelled as decisive action that grounded 171 Boeing 737-9s from the MAX series.

The FAA hopes to get to the bottom of how quality escapes continue within Boeing and put a permanent stop to it.

Statements From Spirit AeroSystems

When contacting Spirit AeroSystems for comment on the ongoing investigation, they said, “Spirit AeroSystems has been working closely with our customers since the event with Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on January 5. A Spirit team is now supporting the NTSB’s investigation directly. As a company, we remain focused on the quality of each aircraft structure that leaves our facilities.”

These comments followed a previous statement by the supplier issued two days prior on January 8, where they said they were grateful to the crew aboard the Alaska Airlines flight who ensured the plane’s safe landing and those aboard.

Spirit said their primary focus is the quality of the product and structure they deliver while retaining integrity in their company. They additionally said they were committed to the 737 program as a key partner and will work closely with Boeing to get to the bottom of the quality lapses.

Further Oversight Into Boeing

While it was to be an aircraft from the 737 MAX that faced a significant decompression following a door blowing off, further problems have ultimately been identified.

These problems don’t relate to design defects but rather quality assurance troubles plaguing other aircraft as identified by airlines during preliminary inspections.

Once made aware of this, the FAA said they would increase their focus on the practises undertaken by the American plane maker as they look towards understanding where these problems are explicitly created.

Mike Whitaker, the FAA Administrator, said that the events that transpired aboard an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 on January 5 can be attributed to the production-related issues.

Boeing’s CEO Dave Calhoun also said in an interview with CNBC that the incident can be attributed to “quality escapes” within their production.

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