FAA issues more than $1 million civil penalty against Boeing

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Seattle – The Federal Aviation Administration on June 27 proposed a $1 million civil penalty against Boeing Co. for allegedly failing to correct a known problem with the central passenger oxygen system in its B-777 airliners.

According to a press release, FAA based its proposed penalty on inspections of nine newly assembled aircraft between April and October 2010. Inspectors discovered that spacers in the oxygen delivery system distribution tubing on the aircraft were not installed correctly. Improper installation could result in the system not supplying oxygen to passengers if depressurization occurred.

Boeing has 30 days from the receipt of FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

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