FAA announces increased oversight of Boeing aircraft

 January 13, 2024

Boeing isn't having a great year, and the Biden administration, according to many, is partly to blame. 

That's why it's not surprising that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is taking extra precaution in its oversight of Boeing's popular aircraft, including the Boeing 737-9 MAX planes.

The 737-9 MAX aircraft -- 171 in total -- were grounded last week after an incident involving an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 that sent shockwaves through the industry and caused passengers to question the integrity and safety of the aircraft overall.

The FAA released a statement this week noting that it will increase its oversight, likely in a bid to stave off negative press.

The statement

In a statement published Friday, titled, "FAA Increasing Oversight of Boeing Production and Manufacturing," the FAA explained why it will take extra precautions with Boeing aircraft in the future.

"After taking decisive and immediate action to ground approximately 171 Boeing 737-9 MAX planes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced new and significant actions to immediately increase its oversight of Boeing production and manufacturing," the statement read.

It added, "These actions come one day after the FAA formally notified Boeing that the FAA has launched an investigation into the company as a result of last Friday’s incident on a Boeing Model 737-9 MAX in which the aircraft lost a passenger door plug while in flight. "

It went on to announce that audits of the aircraft would take place in the wake of the incident as well as increase oversight of "in-service events."

"The safety of the flying public, not speed, will determine the timeline for returning the Boeing 737-9 MAX to service," the statement concluded.

FAA administrator confirms

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker released an anticipated statement on the current state of the oversight of the 737-9 MAX aircraft and the government's approach to overseeing such issues.

"It is time to re-examine the delegation of authority and assess any associated safety risks," Whitaker said.

He added, "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."

Only time will tell what increased government oversight means as a whole, but one thing's for sure, Boeing cannot afford another incident anytime in the near future.

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