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FAA Says Initial Round of 737 Max Inspections Has Been Finished

Last week, the F.A.A. announced it was investigating whether Boeing failed to ensure that the 737 Max 9 was safe and conformed to the design approved by the agency. The incident involving the Alaska Airlines flight did not result in any serious injuries, but it could have been far graver had it occurred when the plane was at its cruising altitude.

In its statement on Wednesday, the F.A.A. said it was “investigating Boeing’s manufacturing practices and production lines, including those involving subcontractor Spirit AeroSystems,” which produces the fuselage of the 737 Max.

Boeing declined to comment on the F.A.A.’s statement. The plane maker has said it will cooperate with the agency’s inquiry, and it announced on Monday that it would make changes to its quality control processes. The company’s chief executive, Dave Calhoun, also visited Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday and took part in a town-hall meeting with employees there.

A spokesman for Spirit, Joe Buccino, said the company was “supporting Boeing’s efforts with the F.A.A. and the affected airlines as they inspect the 737-9 fleet and work to safely return those airplanes to service.”

After a closed-door briefing for members of the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Jennifer Homendy, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the door panel that came off the plane had been manufactured by Spirit in Malaysia.


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