© Reuters. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Whitaker testifies earlier than a House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee listening to to reply questions associated to the January fifth speedy depressurization accident involving a Boeing
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Whitaker will journey to Seattle early next week to meet with Boeing (NYSE:) because the company audit’s the planemaker’s 737 MAX manufacturing course of following a mid-air emergency.
Boeing, which makes the 737 MAX in the Seattle space, was hit by the newest in a collection of issues on Jan. 5 when a panel flew off one in every of its 737 MAX 9 jets in mid-flight. Two sources mentioned Whitaker is predicted to go to the Renton Boeing manufacturing unit, about 9 miles from Seattle, the place the 737 is produced.
Last month, Whitaker, performing after a cabin panel blew out throughout flight on a brand new Alaska Airlines MAX 9, took the unprecedented motion of barring Boeing from increasing manufacturing of its 737 MAX till it addressed high quality points.
“As part of the FAA’s continuous work to enhance safety, Administrator Mike Whitaker will visit the Seattle, Washington, area early next week to hear directly from FAA employees and visit FAA facilities in the area. He will also visit Boeing,” the FAA mentioned in an announcement.
Boeing declined to remark.
The FAA has about 20 inspectors at Boeing’s 737 manufacturing unit in Renton, Washington, and 6 at Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE:) in Wichita, Kansas, and Whitaker mentioned this week they’re about midway by way of a six-week audit.