Lockerbie — FAA investigating Boeing 787 manufacturing flaws. Coincidence?

“We immediately contacted the airlines that operate the eight affected planes to notify them of the situation, and the airplanes have been temporarily removed from service until they can be repaired. The rest of the in-service fleet has been determined to meet limit load capability, and we are inspecting production airplanes to ensure any issues are addressed prior to delivery.”

Boeing — Monday September 7 2020

“The plane maker has told U.S. aviation regulators that it produced certain parts at its South Carolina facilities that failed to meet its own design and manufacturing standards, according to an Aug. 31 internal Federal Aviation Administration memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.”

The Wall Street Journal — Monday September 7 2020

September 8 2020 — New Evidence and Logic have led me to rewrite 30 years of History. In my book [Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!] I conclude that Pan Am Flight 103 disintegrated in flight over Lockerbie (December 21 1988) because of a massive structural failure due to well-known issues of metal fatigue in section 41 and 42 of the Boeing 747 (Series 100 & 200), not because of an explosive device. As a result of my research, I expected that the FAA would investigate similar Boeing manufacturing flaws as new generations of Boeing airliners may have inherited a mild form of that disease. It is happening. Coincidence? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!

The US aviation authority is investigating manufacturing flaws in the Boeing 787 after the company reported that certain plane parts did not conform to its production standards.

According to an internal Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) memo seen by the Wall Street Journal, the regulator could be looking at quality control errors that may have potentially lasted for 10 years.

Boeing identified two issues with the manufacture of the join in a portion of the fuselage in some 787s that, in combination, result in a condition that does not meet their own design standards.

Two issues?

Some airplanes have shims that are not the proper size, and some airplanes have areas that do not meet skin flatness specifications.

“Individually these issues, while not up to specifications, still meet limit load conditions.

When combined in the same location however, they result in a condition that does not meet limit load requirements.” [Boeing]

Which portion of the fuselage?

The problem could possibly occur either at the forward or the rear fuselage. [See picture]

However, since the problem results partly from shims produced by Boeing, the issue is more likely to affect the rear fuselage.

Why now?

Boeing identified the suspect shims — produced at the North Charleston facility — in August 2019.

Why was the FAA and the airlines only informed last month?

If the FAA launches a full airworthiness directive it could cover about 900 jets.

Such a directive would force airlines operating the B787 Dreamliner to ground the jet and install fixes on the planes. The cost would be enormous.

REFERENCES

FAA investigating Boeing 787 manufacturing flaws — NST

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Lockerbie — FAA investigating Boeing 787 manufacturing flaws. Coincidence?

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