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27 May 2021 - Boeing to pay $17 million in FAA settlement over MAX/NG slat track sensors

Boeing must pay $17 million in penalties under an FAA settlement after it installed equipment on 759 Boeing 737 NG/MAX aircraft that contained sensors that were not approved. The FAA said the settlement separately covers Boeings submission of 178 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for airworthiness certification when the aircraft potentially had non-conforming slat tracks installed, and improperly marked those slat tracks.

The FAA said that Boeing has agreed to a number of corrective actions, including conducting safety risk-management analyses to determine "whether its supply-chain oversight processes are appropriate and whether the company is ready to safely increase the Boeing 737 production rate,"

The company must strengthen procedures to ensure it does not install any aircraft parts that fail to conform to their approved design, the FAA said. "Keeping the flying public safe is our primary responsibility. That is not negotiable, and the FAA will hold Boeing and the aviation industry accountable to keep our skies safe," FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said.

Boeing have said that "the penalties stem from issues that were raised in 2019 and which we fully resolved in our production system and supply chain. We continue to devote time and resources to improving safety and quality performance across our operations."

Boeing must also revise production procedures to enable the FAA "to observe production rate readiness assessments, and the data on which the company bases the assessments, and the results of the assessments."

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*** Updated 23 Nov 2020 ***

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