FAA launches audit into Boeing 737 Max 9 production line

The FAA’s audit comes along with an investigation into an incident last week where a passenger door plug blew out in flight.

Boeing will be audited by the Federal Aviation Administration over its 737 Max 9 plane, the administration announced. 

The audit comes after a 737 Max 9 suffered a blowout over Oregon one week ago. 


The big picture: The FAA will audit the production line of Boeing’s 737 Max 9 to ensure quality control. 

  • Friday’s announcement comes just one day after the FAA formally launched an investigation into the company over the incident. 
  • All 737 Max 9 planes have been grounded by the FAA since the incident. 

What they’re saying: “It is time to re-examine the delegation of authority and assess any associated safety risks,” FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said. “The grounding of the 737-9 and the multiple production-related issues identified in recent years require us to look at every option to reduce risk. The FAA is exploring the use of an independent third party to oversee Boeing’s inspections and its quality system.”

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