Boeing, FAA Agree to $12 Million Settlement Over Safety and Compliance Issues

By Paul Riegler on 22 December 2015
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DSC_0290 (1)The Federal Aviation Administration announced a settlement with Boeing resolving multiple safety and compliance cases. The Chicago-based airplane manufacturer agreed to pay $12 million in penalties and faces as much as $24 million in fines if it does not implement and improve several of its internal certification processes.

In one case, Boeing had been tardy, the FAA said, in developing information that addressed safety issues on its 747 and 757 aircraft. In another, the company didn’t take sufficient corrective action after discovering that a supplier had supplied incorrectly shaped fasteners.

The FAA did not, however, say that Boeing’s failure to act in these cases created unsafe conditions for flying.

“It is imperative that everyone complies with our aviation system’s high safety standards,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement announcing the settlement.  “This agreement is an important step toward ensuring that Boeing fully meets all applicable compliance standards going forward.”

Boeing, in a separately issued statement, said it “believes that this agreement not only fairly resolves announced and potential civil penalty actions… but also will further enhance Boeing’s self-correcting quality and compliance systems.

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