The Federal Aviation Administration’s high official plans to inform a Home panel on Tuesday that the company will step up its on-the-ground presence monitoring plane manufacturing.
The official, Mike Whitaker, will seem earlier than lawmakers one month after a door panel blew out of a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet whereas in flight, elevating new questions on Boeing’s quality-control practices, in addition to the F.A.A.’s oversight of the airplane maker.
“Going ahead, we can have extra boots on the bottom intently scrutinizing and monitoring manufacturing and manufacturing actions,” Mr. Whitaker plans to say in his testimony earlier than the Home Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee, in response to excerpts launched by his company.
“Boeing staff are inspired to make use of our F.A.A. hotline to report any security issues,” Mr. Whitaker plans to say. “And we are going to think about the total extent of our enforcement authority to make sure Boeing is held accountable for any noncompliance.”
The episode with the door panel, referred to as a door plug, occurred on an Alaska Airways flight shortly after it took off from Portland, Ore., on Jan. 5. The F.A.A. shortly grounded related Max 9 jets. In late January, it stated they could return to the skies after being inspected.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board is anticipated to launch its preliminary report concerning the episode as quickly as Tuesday.
Over the previous month, the F.A.A. has staked out a hard line against Boeing, barring the corporate from increasing manufacturing of the 737 Max sequence till it addresses quality-control points. It’s yet one more disaster for the airplane maker involving the Max, approaching the heels of two lethal crashes involving Max 8 jets in 2018 and 2019.
The episode with the door plug has additionally prompted scrutiny of the F.A.A.’s observe report monitoring Boeing and its longstanding apply of permitting the airplane maker’s staff to carry out security work on the federal government’s behalf.