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Boeing Faces 90-Day Deadline for Action Plan Addressing Quality Control Issues

Boeing Faces 90-Day Deadline for Action Plan Addressing Quality Control Issues

BY ÖYKüM GELEN Published on February 28, 2024 1 COMMENTS

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assigned Boeing 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality problems and meet safety standards for the production of new planes, less than two months after a door plug blew out of a 737 MAX, nine minutes into an Alaska Airlines flight.


Photo: Jetstar Airways


About the Deadline


The FAA stated on February 28 that they are on schedule for meeting with the top Boeing officials, including the manufacturer's CEO, Dave Calhoun, at the FAA headquarters in Washington.




FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker stated: 


"Boeing must commit to real and profound improvements. Making foundational change will require a sustained effort from Boeing's leadership, and we are going to hold them accountable every step of the way, with mutually understood milestones and expectations."


Boeing's plant in Everett, Washington | Photo: Maurice King


The updated deadline comes after the meeting of Mike Whitaker, Dave Calhoun, and other company officials. The FAA is currently accomplishing examination assembly lines at the Boeing factory near Seattle. In this facility, Boeing assembles aircraft like the 737 MAX, which suffered the incident of a door-panel blowout in January. Investigators mentioned the root of the problem as the bolts that should have kept the panel in place were missing after repair work on the Alaska Airlines aircraft at the Boeing factory. 




Calhoun said about the FAA's demands: 


"We have a clear picture of what needs to be done" considering the company's and independent reviews. "Boeing will develop the comprehensive action plan with measurable criteria that demonstrates the profound change that Administrator Whitaker and the FAA demand."


The FAA did not specify which action it might take if Boeing fails to meet the 90-day deadline.


Photo: Jeremy Elson


This week, a panel of industry, government, and academic experts provided a report stating the shortcomings in the safety culture at Boeing. The manufacturer said that they have been working to improve. This month, Boeing replaced the head of its 737 MAX jetliner program after a few weeks of the door panel incident. Ed Clark, who had been in the company for nearly 18 years and led the 737 program since early 2021, left suddenly. 

The FAA also mentioned on Wednesday that it expects Boeing's plan to consist of findings from the report and its audit, which is a step scheduled to be completed in the next few weeks. Criticism of Boeing has reached a point not seen before since the aftermath of two deadly crashes involving MAX 8 jetliners in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019.



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Öyküm Gelen
Hey there, I'm Öyküm Gelen, and I'm all about weaving stories that take you to new places. Writing is my jam, and each sentence is like a little journey on its own. But there's more to me than just words; I'm also fascinated by airplanes. Whether I'm exploring the skies in my writing or geeking out about aviation, I can't get enough of it. And guess what? I'm not just about words and wings – I'm knee-deep in the world of architecture studies. Designing structures that stand tall is my other passion. So, in the mix of storytelling, aviation dreams, and architecture plans, I'm Öyküm, bringing a blend of creativity and curiosity to the table.

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