With the industry still reeling from the dramatic engine failure of a United Airlines Boeing 777 last weekend, new information has surfaced on the situation,with the revelation that Boeing was aware of an issue with this particular model of engine long before the incident occurred.
For more on this and other news around the world, we connect to Choi Jeong-yoon at the news center.
Jeong-yoon, give us more details.
Mokyeon, an internal document from the Federal Aviation Administration indicated that Boeing had been planning to redesign or rather strengthen protective engine covers on its 777 jets MONTHS before a pair of recent failures.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter..the plane maker had been discussing potential fixes for EVEN LONGER about two years.
The talks began after two failures in 2018, one on a 777 operated by United Airlines and the other on a Southwest Airlines plane.
The document states that because modifying external engine covers, more commonly known as cowlings, had various shortcomingsBoeing decided to instead redesign the whole fan cowl.
Such changes to airplane parts can require years of design, testing and regulatory approval.
With renewed impetus following the weekend’s eventsan FAA spokesperson has said that Boeing is likely to have shifted this higher up the priority list while the administration ordered emergency inspections on all airplanes with the same engine installed.
Failing to meet its obligation under a 2015 agreement to improve its safety processesBoeing will be paying 6.6 million U.S. dollars in penalties.