Boeing nonetheless engaged on repair for 106 grounded 737 MAX planes -U.S. FAA By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits exterior the hangar throughout a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX on the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday stated 106 Boeing (NYSE:) 737 MAX airplanes have been grounded worldwide by {an electrical} challenge and stated the U.S. planemaker continues to be engaged on a repair.

Boeing disclosed {an electrical} energy system challenge on April 7 and really helpful operators briefly take away these airplanes from service.

The issue concerned {the electrical} grounding – or connections designed to take care of security within the occasion of a surge of voltage – inside a backup energy management system. The FAA stated Thursday “subsequent evaluation and testing confirmed the problem may contain extra programs.”

The FAA stated in a proper discover to worldwide air regulators that 106 airplanes are coated, together with 71 registered in the USA. “All of those airplanes stay on the bottom whereas Boeing continues to develop a proposed repair,” the company added.

The FAA stated Boeing’s investigation confirmed the problem may influence the standby energy management unit, a circuit breaker panel and foremost instrument panel.

The discover stated the “FAA expects to challenge an airworthiness directive mandating corrective motion earlier than additional flight for all affected airplanes.”

Boeing spokeswoman Jessica Kowal stated “we concur with the FAA discover and proceed to work intently with the regulator and our prospects to handle the problem.”

The highest three U.S. 737 MAX operators – Southwest Airways (NYSE:), American Airways (NASDAQ:) and United Airways – eliminated greater than 60 jets from service following the discover from Boeing.

U.S. carriers stated they count on the problem will probably be resolved quickly, doubtlessly within the subsequent week or two. American Airways President Robert Isom stated “we now have a reasonably good concept of precisely what the problem is and the treatments that should be attended to.”

The FAA stated different carriers impacted embody Cayman Airways, Copa Airways, GOL Linhas Aereas, Iceland Air, Minsheng Leasing, Neos Air, Shanding Airways, SilkAir, Spice Jet, Sunwing Airways, TUI, Turkish Airways, Valla Jets Restricted, WestJet Airways and Xiamen Airways.

The FAA stated it “verified all operators with affected airplanes have voluntarily taken these plane out of service.”

The FAA stated the manufacturing challenge “just isn’t associated to recertification of the flight management system on the 737 MAX, ungrounding of the plane, or its return to service.” Boeing has delivered greater than 450 MAX airplanes.

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