US lawmakers are searching Boeing, FAA records for manufacturing issues

A Boeing logo is on the fuselage of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft manufactured by Boeing Co. on display ahead of the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, UK on Sunday 13 July 2014.

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Two key House Democrats are soliciting records from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration after production problems were identified with the company’s 737 Max and 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The request comes less than a year after the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure report notified Boeing of the design and development of the 737 Max and the FAA for oversight failures. Two of these planes crashed between October 2018 and March 2019, killing all 346 people on the flights.

Boeing said last year it found the wrong clearance in some areas of the 787 fuselage. After inspections and a five-month break, delivery of the wide-body aircraft resumed in March. Regardless, an electrical issue with Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max grounded more than 100 aircraft in April, despite the FAA approving a solution last week.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Chairman of the Transportation Committee, and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, said they were looking for records of production-related issues and the FAA’s oversight of Boeing’s manufacturing operations.

DeFazio said in a press release, “Given these new and ongoing issues that indicate issues with maintaining quality control and adequate FAA monitoring of production issues, I will be thorough and thorough on all issues relating to the 737 MAX and 737 MAX deliberately investigate 787, it may endanger public safety. “

Boeing and the FAA did not comment immediately. The FAA announced last month that it was reviewing Boeing’s process for minor design changes, as well as the causes of the electrical problem with the 737 Max. This problem is not related to the system involved in the two major crashes.

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