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FAA gives Boeing 90 days to prepare safety plan


(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing must develop a plan to resolve serious quality and safety issues within 90 days.

The agency said FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker and Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun held a one-day meeting on Tuesday in which Whitaker made the request.

That meeting came a day after a year-long investigation commissioned by the FAA found a “disconnect” between Boeing executives and employees on safety, saying: employees fear reassignment or career development stalling To report security issues.

The meeting took place ahead of the anticipated release of a six-week FAA inspection of Boeing’s production line; This audit was prompted by inspectors finding that: critical bolts not installed On the door jamb of the Boeing 737 Max 9 that exploded in flight.

The FAA said Boeing’s plan must address weaknesses in the company’s implementation of its Safety Management System, known as SMS, and integrate the SMS program with another quality program. The panel, which reported Boeing’s safety deficiencies on Monday, recommended the company fix them within six months; The FAA’s new directive sets a faster timeline.

The FAA said Boeing’s resulting plan should lead to “a measurable, systemic change in manufacturing quality control.”

Boeing has a history of security lapses. January 5 explosion incident It triggered an emergency grounding of all Max 9s for 19 days and reignited scrutiny of Boeing following fatal Max 8 crashes in 2018 and 2019.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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