Boeing faces $20m FAA fine over 737 allegations

FAA alleges that Boeing installed equipment on 737 aircraft that had not first been approved by regulators
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(Reuters)
(Reuters)

Boeing’s culture and processes are once again under the spotlight after regulators accused the planemaker of installing equipment on hundreds of 737 planes before being approved.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed fining Boeing for nearly $20 million for allegedly installing Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance Systems on 791 jets, including 737 Max’s and NG’s, prior to being approved.

The alleged activities took place between June 2015 and April 2019.

Although the FAA had not approved the systems for 737 aircraft, Rockwell Collins subsequently conducted necessary testing and risk analysis, the agency said in a statement.

Boeing said the proposed fine did not involve a safety issue and that the systems “met or exceeded” the original requirements.

The FAA also alleged that Boeing failed to follow its own business process instructions.

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