Boeing informed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it found “previously unreported concerns” regarding the wiring in its troubled 737 Max aircraft. The new concern involves wiring that controls the tail of the plane. Two sections of the wiring may be too close in proximity to each other, which could cause a short circuit that could result in a crash if pilots do not act swiftly and appropriately.
The wiring issue was identified during an FAA-ordered safety audit of the 737 Max planes, which were globally grounded last March after two crashes that killed 346 people. Both of the crashes, which involved Boeing 737 Max planes operated by Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, were linked to a software issue that inadvertently sent the planes into a nosedive shortly after takeoff. The FAA required the jets to undergo a safety audit before they would be recertified and allowed to fly again.
“Our highest priority is ensuring the 737 Max meets all safety and regulatory requirements before it returns to service,” a Boeing spokesperson told CNN. “We are working closely with the FAA and other regulators on a robust and thorough certification process to ensure a safe and compliant design.”
The grounding slowed sales of the 737 Max. But sales resumed last fall as the prospect of recertification was beginning to come into focus. Boeing is now manufacturing the 737 Max jets at a rate of 42 a month. The Boeing spokesperson said it was “premature to speculate” whether the discovery of a new glitch would lead to any design changes or push back its goals for recertification.
On Dec. 23, Boeing cut loose its CEO Dennis Muilenburg. His successor, David Calhoun, officially takes over as Boeing’s chief executive on Jan. 13.
Beasley Allen lawyer Mike Andrews focuses much of his practice on aviation litigation and currently represents families of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 victims. In addition to his Ethiopian Airlines crash clients, Mike has represented people seriously injured in a variety of aviation crashes, and the families of those killed in both civilian and military airplane crashes and helicopter crashes.