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FAA launches probe into Boeing over falsified inspection records

Aerospace giant faces new scrutiny amid ongoing safety concerns

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has initiated a new investigation into Boeing after discovering falsified inspection records, adding to the aerospace giant's ongoing challenges.

Boeing, already facing issues this year, including the grounding of its 737 MAX planes, is now under scrutiny for irregularities found at its 787 facilities in Charleston, South Carolina.

The company disclosed that employees skipped certain inspections related to bonding and electrical grounding at the 787 wing-to-body join. Boeing promptly notified regulators and emphasized its zero-tolerance policy for lapses in safety procedures.

While the misconduct did not pose an immediate safety risk, it will impact customers and factory operations, as tests must now be conducted out of sequence. The FAA confirmed it is investigating whether Boeing completed the inspections and if employees falsified aircraft records.

This development is separate from recent whistleblower claims, including those made by Josh Dean, a former Spirit AeroSystems employee, who raised concerns about the 737 MAX program before his death last week. Another whistleblower, John Barnett, also passed away recently, adding complexity to the ongoing scrutiny surrounding Boeing's operations.

[Information sourced from Simple Flying]

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