Debris described as „foreign objects debris” has been found in the fuel tanks of several undelivered 737 Maxs, at Boeing.
The head of Boeing's 737 programme has told employees that the discovery was "absolutely unacceptable". „That finding led to a robust internal investigation and immediate corrective actions in our production system," a Boeing spokesman told media. The 737 Max aircraft has been grounded by regulators around the world since March 2019 after two separate crashes that killed 346 people. The US regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is monitoring the plane maker's response to the new issue. "The agency increased its surveillance based on initial inspection reports and will take further action based on the findings," they said.
Boeing says the 737 Max will return to service by the middle of this year. Steve Dickson, head of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said he would fly the plane with his wife and family members on board before clearing Boeing's 737 Max to fly again. He indicated that some concerns still need to be addressed. The FAA need to rebuild trust in its own performance as a regulator, as Boeing has to do it as a plane maker. Fact is that Boeing has reported its first annual loss in more than two decades as the 737 Max crisis continued.