1. Boeing blamed for maintenance errors on Air Force One

Boeing blamed for maintenance errors on Air Force One

The plane was undergoing maintenance at a Boeing facility in San Antonio, Texas, when the mishap occurred in April 2016.

By: | Washington | Published: May 23, 2017 6:22 AM
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The Air Force is blaming Boeing mechanics for accidental contamination of the oxygen system aboard one of the modified Boeing 747 planes known as Air Force One used for presidential travel. The plane was undergoing maintenance at a Boeing facility in San Antonio, Texas, when the mishap occurred in April 2016. No one was injured. An Air Force accident investigation report released this month faulted three Boeing mechanics for using tools and parts that did not meet cleanliness standards while checking oxygen lines for leaks.

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The standards are meant to prevent a fire hazard. The mechanics also used an unauthorized cleaning procedure. The report says Boeing has paid more than $4 million to clean or replace contaminated portions of the aircraft’s oxygen system.

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    The Last Inspector
    May 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    Not surprising at all. This is more common than not at Boeing facilities. No requirement, no matter how critical, is not bypassed to ensure cost and schedule. The QA system at Boeing is intentionally corrupt, which allows anything like this to happen as mechanics' work is rarely inspected as required. I witnessed this in Boeing Flight Test at Seattle's Boeing Field over ten years ago. Oxygen tool cert problems, and, amazingly, additional massive non-compliance in the LIFE SUPPORT SHOP to do with the EJECTION SEATS! DOD should cancel the Air Force One contract and instead outfit A380s for presidential use. Airbus actually inspects their airplanes before delivery. Boeing largely does not in order to pad the bottom line. The DOD should blacklist Boeing from all contracts until they have a minimally compliant quality system and for the first time deliver fully conforming airplanes, not the hunks of junk they defraud all of their customers with now. As for the 12 hour a day, 7 days a
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