Washington Post

Boeing knew of problems with wing parts, but told FAA planes were safe, agency says

The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded since March, after a flawed flight control feature contributed to two crashes in five months, killing 346 people in Ethiopia and off the coast of Indonesia. Foto: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a rare $3.9 million civil penalty against Boeing on Friday, alleging the company "knowingly submitted aircraft" to the agency for safety certification even after learning that crucial wing components "could not be used due to a failed strength test."

The FAA alleged in a statement and enforcement letter to Boeing on Friday that the company installed parts on some of its 737s that were "weakened" and "more prone to fatigue and failure." The so-called "slat tracks" are critical, serving to guide the slats that slide out from the front of wings and add stability and lift during takeoff and landing...

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