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February 18, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
In the latest of a string of quality control issues, Boeing discovered debris that mechanics left inside the wing fuel tanks of several undelivered 737 MAXs during the aircraft assembly process.
Boeing has ordered inspections of all the undelivered MAXs, about 400 of which are stored at various locations.
Boeing spokesman Bernard Choi said "it's still undecided if we will inspect the rest" of the MAX fleet — another 385 aircraft that were delivered to customers but have been grounded for almost a year and are parked at airfields around the world. "Obviously, we'll do what's right for safety," Choi added.
Mark Jenks, vice president and general manager of the 737 program and its Renton assembly site, sent all 737 employees a message Tuesday outlining a series of actions to deal with the problem of what's referred to in the aviation industry as "Foreign Object Debris," or FOD.
"FOD is absolutely unacceptable," his message said. "We need our entire team to...
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