U.S. proposes fine of $1.25 million on Boeing for pressuring workers at airplane plant

Aug. 7, 2020
The long-standing practice of delegating some FAA tasks to airplane manufacturers has come under criticism after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes raised questions about the program, David Shepardson and Eric M. Johnson report for Reuters.

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was proposing to fine Boeing Co (BA.N) $1.25 million after the agency alleged Boeing managers at its South Carolina plant exerted undue pressure on workers who handle safety oversight work on behalf of the agency, David Shepardson and Eric M. Johnson report for ReutersContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

August 7, 2020 -“The ODA program authorizes Boeing to perform approved functions on behalf of the FAA, including inspecting aircraft and issuing airworthiness certificates,” the FAA said, as per the press release. “Between November 2017 and July 2019, employees in two ODA units reported to managers who were not in approved ODA management positions. Boeing failed to ensure ODA administrators were in a position to effectively represent the FAA’s interests, the FAA alleges.”

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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