Boeing falsified the records of a 787 Dreamliner aircraft sold to Air Canada that experienced a fuel leak in 2015 after 10 months of service.
In a statement to Forecast Wire, Boeing said it disclosed the problem to the US Civil Aviation Agency (FAA) after Air Canada informed it of the fuel leak.
The records in issue incorrectly stated that the manufacturing work had been completed, whereas it was not.
Boeing added that an audit concluded that it was an isolated event and that corrective measures were immediately implemented with the appropriate Boeing Engineer and Mechanic.
Boeing is increasingly being watched in the United States and abroad as a result of two fatal accidents in October and March that killed 346 people and the global failure of its 737 Max.
Asked by CBC News, Mike Doiron, president of Doiron Aviation Consulting, said any falsification of documents that could conceal a security risk is a major problem . It states that, in the aviation industry, this type of document is essential to ensure the safety of aircraft and passengers on board.
According to Mr. Doiron, even small fuel leaks are dangerous. Indeed, the temperature of the internal parts of the turbine engine of an aircraft can reach about 700 degrees. At such high temperatures, if there is a leak around the engine, it does not take much for a flammable liquid such as fuel to ignite, he summarized.
On the side of Air Canada, we want to be reassuring. All of our aircraft are subject to regular and thorough inspections, and we maintain them in full compliance with all manufacturer and regulatory guidelines , “said Peter Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the company.
Air Canada added the 787 Dreamliner to its fleet five years ago and now has 35 aircraft, according to its website. WestJet, which has two different models of Dreamliner in its fleet since February, said it has full confidence in the safety of this aircraft.
In 2015, Boeing paid US $12 million to the FAA to settle ongoing investigations. As part of the five-year agreement, Boeing agreed to work with the agency to resolve security oversight issues within the company.
The agreement includes the issue of a “dark agenda” that delegates to Boeing itself to conduct its own security checks, says Michael Laris, a Washington Post reporter who has reviewed many of Boeing’s security concerns. leading to the agreement with the FAA .
According to Laris, after the devastating crash of the 737 Max, there are questions about the effectiveness of Boeing’s monitoring program.
What degree of authority should be delegated to the company? How empowered are Boeing employees and their leaders?
Michael Laris, Washington Post reporter
Transport Canada stated that it was assessing what impacts this new information on Boeing would have on ongoing efforts to validate aircraft safety. The federal agency adds that the incident involving falsified documents fell within the jurisdiction of the FAA .
For its part, the FAA’s says it was closely monitoring and evaluating Boeing’s performance under the 2015 settlement agreement, but could not discuss it.
Boeing claims to have put in place training for staff that is dedicated solely to their personal responsibilities in the manufacturing process, highlighting the importance of regulatory compliance.
Casandra Williams a graduate of Ross School of Columbia Business School. She is based in NYC but travels much of the year. Casandra has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Casandra is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.