Reportedly, Boeing has found external objects in the fuel tanks of some un-deployed 737 Max aircraft. The debris could impose probable safety risks in the airplanes that are waiting for inclusion to airlines. Foreign object debris (FOD), from an industrial perspective, refers to tools, rags, metal shavings, and other equipment. Many times, workers left behind tools during the manufacturing process. Even more, the presence of foreign object debris has always remained a quality control issue in other models, including the tankers of KC-46. General manager of the 737 program, Mark Jenks, has notified workers about the discovery of debris through a memo. He noted such a finding is absolutely unacceptable. As per the executive, the company is taking steps to resolve the problem in its manufacturing unit.
A Boeing representative has confirmed the authenticity of the memo and said the company does see those objects are liable for delays in the airplane’s return to operation. The objects have emerged during servicing of some of the hundreds of ready to ship 737 MAX jetliners. Notably, Boeing has developed the planes but not deployed because of a global ban that occurred due to two crashes. At the time, in March 2019, two collisions of 737 MAX have killed 346 people.
So far, Boeing has faced allegations that it hurried to manufacture of the 737 MAX to get up to the speed of its competitors. Notably, Airbus, a Boeing rival, has launched an advanced version of its A320 group of planes. Even more, Boeing is facing criticism for setting priorities for deployment deadlines over security at various production facilities. Notably, airplanes manufactured at Renton, Washington, have encountered multiple problems like production faults and FOD. A Boeing representative has noted that the latest discovery of FOD will result in a firm internal inquiry. The executive also added the company would take instant remedial actions in its manufacturing unit. Apart from this, Boeing aims to conduct extensive maintenance inspections and tests on planes in the warehouse.