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Airplane manufacturer receives regulatory clearance after manufacturing flaw discovered

Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Association permitted Boeing Co. to resume flights of its new 737 Max on a limited basis after a manufacturing defect was discovered. Boeing has been delayed in beginning deliveries of the jetliner to airlines after a problem was discovered with the new model’s engine. The FAA had certified the engine design back in March and no issues had been detected after 2,000 hours of testing, but it subsequently became clear that the engine used in the new jetliner model had potential quality issues.

The specific issue with the engine was that the nickel-based turbine discs from one of Boeing’s suppliers had a forging flaw that made them susceptible to cracking. Discs from a second supplier were apparently not impacted by the forging flaw, but the Federal Aviation Association applied the quality review to all engines from the new line. Now, deliveries may resume as long as the planes have a spare engine which doesn’t include the potential defect. 

Although the issues Boeing is experiencing with the new 737 MAX appear to be only a temporary manufacturing problem, they have to be taken seriously. In this case, Boeing is catching the manufacturing flaw before the affected aircrafts make it to consumers. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.

Manufacturing defects in aircrafts can have drastic consequences for consumers, and those who are affected by aircraft manufacturing defects should always work with an experienced attorney to seek just compensation for their injuries and losses. In a future post, we’ll look at some of the legal remedies that may be available to consumers harmed by aircraft manufacturing defects.


Reuters, “Boeing must clear 737 MAX engines with U.S. regulator to fly again,” Alwyn Scott, May 11, 2017.

Bloomberg, Boeing 737 Max Back in Flight as First Plane Delivery Looms,” Julie Johnson & Rick Clough, May 12, 2017. 

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