CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- After the lithium batteries used on Boeing 787s caught fire last January, the aviation giant teamed up with the Federal Aviation Administration to review how they could make their planes safer.
The resulting report was released Wednesday and states that the FAA/Boeing team found the aircraft "was soundly designed, met
its intended safety level, and that the manufacturer and the FAA had effective
processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after
"After the first Boeing
787 battery incident last year, I called for a comprehensive review of the
entire design, manufacture and assembly process for the aircraft as well as a
critical look at our own oversight," said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.
"The review team identified some problems with the manufacturing process and the
way we oversee it, and we are moving quickly to address those
The review team traveled to Boeing facilities in the U.S. and abroad, and found issues in the manufacturing and supplier quality areas that prompted four recommendations for Boeing to address.
- Continue to implement and mature gated design and production
- Ensure suppliers are fully aware of their responsibilities
a way to ensure suppliers identify realistic program risks
- Require its
suppliers to follow industry standards for personnel performing Boeing-required
The team also found improvements the FAA could make.
- Revise its order
on certificate management of manufacturers to recognize new aircraft
manufacturing business models
- Revise its order on production approval
procedures to more fully address complex, large-scale manufacturers with
extended supply chains
- Revise other orders to ensure engineering conformity
inspections for all projects are based on risk.
officials said they are already addressing the issues by "revising internal
policies and procedures for manufacturing oversight."
risk tools to ensure manufacturing surveillance is conducted at the highest risk
- Assess risks related to emerging technologies, complex
manufacturing processes and supply chain management
- Make engineering
conformity determinations using standardized, risk-based criteria
FAA manufacturing inspectors will also expand their review
of production for suppliers, including those located
outside the United States.
The FAA also is
working on a rule to strengthen the supplier reporting process for quality
issues at all tiers of the supply chain.
To see the full report, click here.