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Boeing, FAA Reach Settlement on Regulatory Compliance Issues

(Bill Carey – AIN Online)

The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Commercial Airplanes reached a settlement agreement that resolves “multiple pending and potential” civil penalties against the manufacturer for failing to comply with past service directives. As part of the settlement announced on December 22, Boeing will pay a $12 million fine.

The FAA cited two cases in which it initiated “enforcement actions” against Boeing. In July 2012, the agency proposed that Boeing pay a $13.6 million fine for failing to submit service instructions on time for installing equipment to reduce fuel tank flammability on 383 U.S.-registered Boeing 747s and 757s. A year later, it proposed fining the manufacturer $2.75 million for being slow in correcting the use of nonconforming fasteners on 777s. Neither situation created unsafe conditions, the FAA said.

Situations that did not rise to the level of an enforcement action “involved allegations of delays in submitting required safety information, production quality control problems and failures to implement corrective actions for those production problems,” the agency stated in a press release. Click here to read more.