Boeing to pay $17 million in FAA settlement over 737 MAX, NG equipment
The FAA said the settlement separately covers the planemaker’s 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.
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 agency said.
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.
If Boeing does not complete corrective actions in a timely fashion, the FAA can levy up to $10.1 million in additional penalties. ■