FFA INVESTIGATING MANUFACTURING FLAWS IN BOEING 787 JETLINERS
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it investigates manufacturing flaws involving some Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
In August, Boeing said that airlines operating its 787 Dreamliners had removed eight jets from service as a result of two distinct manufacturing issues in fuselage sections.
The FAA could require inspections covering hundreds of 787 jetliners after production issues at one plant; a person briefed on the matter confirmed.
“The agency continues to engage with Boeing; It is too early to speculate about the nature or extent of any proposed Airworthiness Directives that might arise from the agency’s investigation.” The FAA said on Sunday.
Boeing said, “The rest of the in-service fleet has been determined to meet limit load capability, and we are inspecting production airplanes to ensure any issues are addressed prior to delivery.”
Boeing said some airplanes have shims that are not the proper size, and some airplanes have areas that do not meet skin flatness specifications.