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  • Boeing hit with proposed $19.7M fine for 737 lapses

    Federal regulators are rapping the Chicago-based planemaker for allegedly installing unapproved cockpit equipment in hundreds of 737 Max and Next-Generation aircraft.

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    79彩票注册网址(Bloomberg) — Federal regulators hit Boeing Co. with proposed fines totaling $19.7 million for allegedly installing unapproved cockpit equipment in hundreds of 737 Max and Next-Generation aircraft.

    The company put the devices into a total of 791 planes even though the aircraft weren’t certified for the devices, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a press release Friday.

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    79彩票注册网址The fine would be one of the largest the agency has ever levied.

    The charges focus on devices called head-up guidance systems that allow pilots to look through the windscreen while simultaneously seeing their instruments.

    Boeing’s best-selling Max jet has been grounded since March 13 after the second fatal crash linked to a safety device on the plane malfunctioned and repeatedly tried to drive down the nose.

    The findings “do not involve a safety issue,” Boeing said in a statement. The company didn’t provide sufficient documentation after installing improved parts in the displays, Boeing said.

    “We understand the critical importance of compliance with all documentation requirements of the FAA’s certifications,” the company said.

    Boeing may face  from the FAA in the wake of the 737 Max crashes and issues that have been discovered on the plane.

    79彩票注册网址For example, a cockpit alert that was supposed to be standard equipment didn’t work on 80% of the 387 Maxes the company delivered. The FAA said that the plane was in violation of U.S. rules as a result, in a July letter to lawmakers.

    79彩票注册网址A 2015 agreement to settle other issues could also open the company to other penalties. Boeing paid $12 million to settle multiple enforcement cases and agreed to pay as much as $24 million more if it continued violating FAA rules.

    The largest fine ever paid in an FAA enforcement action was $24.9 million by American Airlines, now known as American Airlines Group Inc., in 2013.

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