Jun 3, 2019

Boeing alerts FAA to potential faulty parts in 737 Max 8 jets

A Boeing 737 Max 8. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Boeing has told the Federal Aviation Administration that more than 300 of its 737 jets — including the grounded 737 Max aircraft — may contain faulty parts on the wing, the FAA announced in a statement Sunday.

[W]e have determined that up to 148 parts manufactured by a Boeing sub-tier supplier are affected. ... The affected parts may be susceptible to premature failure or cracks resulting from the improper manufacturing process. "
— FAA statement

Details: Boeing identified issues with slat tracks, which are located at the front of a plane's wing. They play a vital role during take-off and landing. In the U.S., suspect parts were found in 33 of Boeing's 737 Max jets and 32 of its 737NG aircraft. "Affected worldwide fleet are 133 NG and 179 MAX aircraft," the FAA said.

"Although a complete failure of a leading edge slat track would not result in the loss of the aircraft, a risk remains that a failed part could lead to aircraft damage in fight."

What they're saying: Boeing said in a statement it had identified 21 of its 737NGs to most likely feature the faulty parts. "Boeing identified 20 737 MAX airplanes that are most likely to have the parts in question," it said.

Why it matters: This is the latest issue to hit the world’s largest aerospace company since its 737 Max series was grounded after the Ethiopian Airlines crash outside Addis Ababa in March, which killed 346 people, following a deadly October crash near Jakarta, involving a 737 Max operated by Lion Air.

  • In March, Boeing found flaws in its flight simulators that were used to train pilots.

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Sign of the times: A pro-Warren super PAC

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Nevada. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A group of women progressives who back Sen. Elizabeth Warren has formed Persist PAC, a super PAC airing pro-Warren ads starting Wednesday in an effort to boost her performance ahead of Saturday's crucial Nevada caucuses, a spokesman told Axios.

Why it matters: Warren has spoken adamantly against the influence of unlimited spending and dark money in politics. But these supporters have concluded that before Warren can reform the system, she must win under the rules that exist — and that whether she likes it or not, their uncoordinated help may be needed to keep her viable through this weekend's contest and into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

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Pentagon policy chief resigns amid reported discord with Trump

John Rood. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

John Rood, the Pentagon's top policy official, will resign from his post on Feb. 28, CNN first reported and President Trump confirmed.

The state of play: CNN said Rood "was perceived as not embracing some of the changes in policy the White House and senior Pentagon officials wanted," such as peace talks in Afghanistan with the Taliban and a decision to cut back on military exercises with South Korea as the president courted North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Coronavirus cases rise, as warnings of global pandemic grow

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

We may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic, warns a top U.S. public health official, as cases continue to spread despite containment efforts. Meanwhile, the global economy is being affected, including the tech manufacturing industry.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,000 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Tuesday.

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