FAA proposes USD 3.9m penalty against Boeing

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a proposed civil penalty of USD 3,916,871 against The Boeing Co. for installing nonconforming components on approximately 133 aircraft, alleging that Boeing failed to adequately oversee its suppliers to ensure they complied with the company´s quality assurance system, the administration said.

Boeing said the components were ready for airworthiness certification.

The agency contends that this failure resulted in the installation of slat tracks that were weakened by a condition known as hydrogen embrittlement that occurred during cadmium-titanium plating.

The FAA alleges that Boeing failed in this instance to maintain its quality assurance system to ensure suppliers adhered to Federal Aviation Regulations. Boeing has 30 days to respond to the FAAs letter proposing this civil penalty in the total amount of USD 3,916,871.