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FAA proposes $1.05 million fine for Boeing

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on June 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm with No Comments »
June 27, 2011 3:30 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing that Boeing be fined $1.05 million because of emergency oxygen systems installation problems on nine Boeing 777 airliners.

The federal regulatory agency contends the installation errors could have caused those oxygen systems to malfunction during a sudden depressurization of the planes’ fuselages.

The emergency oxygen systems provide passengers oxygen to breath through pop-down masks should the aircraft lose its pressurization at high altitude where the air doesn’t provide sufficient oxygen to sustain life.

Boeing said it has corrected the installation problem. Testing, however, showed that the installation issue “was not a safety issue,” the company said.

The aerospace company has 30 days to reply to the fine proposal.

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