In a recent development, Boeing, the renowned aircraft manufacturer, is grappling with yet another quality issue. Spirit AeroSystems, a key supplier for Boeing, has identified incorrectly drilled holes in some 737 fuselages, potentially affecting deliveries of approximately 50 aircraft.
Spirit AeroSystems notified Boeing about a non-conformance issue related to 737 fuselages. An astute employee at the supplier raised concerns that two holes might not align precisely with Boeing’s specifications.
While this issue is not an immediate safety concern, Boeing acknowledges the need for corrective action. The company emphasizes that all existing 737s can continue to operate safely while they address the problem.
This incident adds to Boeing’s existing challenges. The company has been under intense scrutiny following recent incidents, including a door plug blowout on a Boeing 737 MAX 9 during a flight over Portland, Oregon. Alaska Airlines, in response, grounded its entire fleet of 65 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
Out of 47 inspected fuselages, 22 were found to have mis-drilled holes. While the affected planes are primarily undelivered, there is a possibility that some 737s currently in service may also be impacted.
The holes were reportedly positioned too close to the edge of the metal in the window frame, highlighting the importance of precision in manufacturing processes.
Boeing is actively addressing this issue and working closely with Spirit AeroSystems to rectify the mis-drilled holes. The company remains committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of its aircraft fleet. However, this incident underscores the critical need for rigorous quality control throughout the production process.