Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published July 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Page modified July 27, 2013 at 10:13 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (11)
  • Print

FAA seeks $2.75 million fine over 777 fastener controls

The FAA proposes a civil penalty of $2.75 million because Boeing didn’t fix its quality-control system in a timely way after it found mechanics had installed non-regulation fasteners on its 777 jets in 2008.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
Here's the issue, Boeing implemented "Lean Manufacturing" on all of its... MORE
@meta 4 Agreed and points well taken. But it looks to me like Boeing "cherry... MORE
Unfortunately, the perception of the public, both in the USA and internationally, is... MORE

advertising

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed Friday a $2.75 million fine against Boeing for not fixing its quality-control system in a timely way after it found mechanics had installed nonregulation fasteners on its 777 jets in 2008.

Boeing discovered in September 2008 that it had been installing nonconforming fasteners on its 777s and right away reported the matter to the FAA.

The FAA concedes Boeing stopped using these nonregulation fasteners after discovering the problem.

However, it alleges Boeing did not immediately address the quality-control issues that had allowed mechanics to install the wrong fasteners.

“Some of the underlying manufacturing issues continued to exist,” the FAA said in a news release announcing the proposed civil penalty.

That October, the FAA sent Boeing a letter of investigation, requesting a response to the quality-control issues within 20 working days.

“Boeing repeatedly submitted action plans that set deadlines for the accomplishment of certain corrective actions, but subsequently failed to implement those plans,” the FAA said in a news release.

The company did not finally address the issue until Nov. 10, 2010, “more than two years after Boeing first learned of the problem,” the agency said.

Boeing said in a statement that its Nov. 2010 plan “implemented an enhanced corrective action management system that includes a robust database for tracking issues, additional management oversight and a series of regular meetings with the FAA to review all open cases to ensure they closed in a timely manner.”

Boeing said it is “working closely with the FAA to ensure we understand and address any remaining concerns with this proposed penalty.”

The company has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s July 26 civil-penalty letter to respond to the agency.

Such proposed actions typically result in negotiations between the FAA and the company, which could reduce the fine.

Dominic Gates: 206-464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Get ready for 2015

Get ready for 2015

The Seattle Times 12-month wall calendar features hand-picked photos of life in the Pacific Northwest. Order while supplies last!

Advertising

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►