More quality control accusations are being thrown at Boeing after an Air Canada 787 Dreamliner developed a fuel leak after less than one year of service. The manufacturer is now being accused of falsifying documents suggesting work was completed that may have prevented the fuel leak.
Boeing is once again under the microscope by governmental officials and accused of falsifying work documents during the manufacturing process. CBC News reports the issue is related to a 787 Dreamliner delivered to Air Canada.
According to the reports, Boeing claims they reported the issue to the Federal Aviation Administration once Air Canada notified them of the fuel leak. The incident happened in 2015, with an aircraft that was in the carrier’s fleet for only 10 months. Records from the company claim that manufacturing work was complete, when in fact they had not been done.
A statement from Boeing to CBC News reads: “Immediate corrective action was initiated for both the Boeing mechanic and the Boeing inspector involved.” The airline claims it was a one-time incident that does not affect any other aircraft.
The new accusations come as Boeing is already facing scrutiny for quality control on several of their models. Two fatal accidents of the 737 MAX forced the manufacturer to ground all of the airframes internationally, while whistleblowers in the South Carolina plant where 787 Dreamliners are finished accused the Chicago-based company of ignoring standard quality control procedures.
But Boeing has already faced problems with their aircraft in Canada prior to the issues coming to light. Also in 2015, the company paid around $9.16 million in fines ($12 million CAD) to Transport Canada in fee settlements. The company also agreed to additional oversight from Canadian officials on taking on “safety oversight issues.” Canadian authorities told CBC news they would look into the new information and how it may affect aircraft safety validation programs.
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