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Boeing finds debris in 737 MAX jetliners - company memo

By Eric M. Johnson

 

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FILE PHOTO: An employee works near a Boeing 737 Max aircraft at Boeing's 737 Max production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

 

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N> found debris that could pose potential safety risks in the fuel tanks of several 737 MAX aircraft that are in storage and waiting to be delivered to airlines, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

 

Foreign object debris, an industrial term for rags, tools, metal shavings and other materials left behind by workers during the production process, has been a quality control issue for various Boeing aircraft, such as its KC-46 tankers.

 

Mark Jenks, general manager of the 737 programme, told employees in the memo that such debris was "absolutely unacceptable" and that the company was taking steps to address the issue in its production system.

 

A Boeing spokesman confirmed the memo's authenticity, and said Boeing does not see the debris as contributing to delays in the jet's return to service.

 

The objects were found during maintenance work on some of the hundreds of 737 MAX jetliners Boeing has built but not delivered due to a worldwide ban imposed last March following two crashes that killed 346 people, he said.

 

The FAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

 

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The k46 tanker issues with debris and foreign object damage (FOD) were well publicized.  Sadly, I am sure that some people will maliciously try and damage or sabotage Boeing assets.  Some probably think they are hurting Boeing or giving them what they deserve after the 737 MAX crashes.  But, the sabotage is only likely to hurt more innocent people and is horrible.

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a friend many years ago fitting out the AWACS Boeing aircraft, found foreign debris  in the new unused aircraft most days, tools, metal shavings, rivets, mis drilled holes etc. , so not a new thing, just bad working methods

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Is Boeing run by clowns at the moment?

Cutting corners and costs has a higher priority then human life?

They should be banned from aircraft production.

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44 minutes ago, spiekerjozef said:

Is Boeing run by clowns at the moment?

Cutting corners and costs has a higher priority then human life?

They should be banned from aircraft production.

Not clowns.  Chinese.  :cheesy:

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