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FAA is investigating whether Boeing conducted required inspections of 787 Dreamliner jets

The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation into Boeing after learning that the company may have failed to conduct required inspections of 787 Dreamliner jets.

Boeing voluntarily told the FAA in April about the possible incomplete inspections intended to “confirm adequate bonding and grounding where the wings join the fuselage of certain 787 Dreamliner aircraft,” according to an FAA statement.

“The FAA is investigating whether Boeing completed inspections and whether company employees may have falsified aircraft records. At the same time, Boeing is reinspecting all 787 aircraft still in the production system and must also develop a plan to address the in-service fleet.”

The agency added that it will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the public.

A Boeing representative declined comment Monday but pointed to an email from Scott Stocker, who heads the Boeing 787 program, to Boeing employees in South Carolina last week.

Stocker said in the April 29 email that a “teammate” at a factory saw something he thought was not done properly and spoke out about it.

“The teammate noticed what appeared to be an irregularity in a required compliance test at the wing body connection. He raised it with his manager, who brought it to management’s attention,” Stocker said. “I wanted to personally thank and commend that teammate for doing the right thing. It is critical that each of us speak up when we see something that may not look right or needs attention.”

Boeing has learned that several people violated company policy by not performing the required test “but recording the work as completed,” Stocker said.

He added: “We immediately informed our regulator of what we learned and, along with several teammates, are taking swift and serious corrective action. Fortunately, our engineering team determined that this misconduct did not immediately result in a security issue. But it will impact our customers and factory teammates because tests now have to be performed out of order on aircraft during the construction process.”

Last month, it was reported that a whistleblower claimed that Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner planes have structural flaws that could eventually cause them to fall apart.

The FAA is investigating the claims of Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour, The New York Times reported.

In a lengthy response, Boeing strongly disputed the claims and said it had “complete confidence” in the 787.

The Virginia-based company has been inundated with a slew of negative stories since a door panel exploded on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 plane in January. The FBI informed passengers in March that they may have been victims of a crime the agency was investigating.

That same month, the company announced that three senior Boeing executives, including the CEO, would resign.

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