Texas Attorney General probes Spirit AeroSystems over aircraft parts concerns

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation into Spirit AeroSystems, a key subcontractor for Boeing, following reports of “recurring problems with certain parts.”

Spirit AeroSystems is responsible for manufacturing fuselages and other crucial structural components for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX aircraft, as well as spare parts for the Airbus A220.

Paxton stated that concerns over “apparent manufacturing defects” have prompted the investigation, particularly regarding incidents involving the 737 MAX models.

“I will hold any company responsible if they fail to maintain the standards required by the law and will do everything in my power to ensure manufacturers take passenger safety seriously,” Paxton emphasized.

The probe, initiated by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, seeks documentation related to defect management alongside inquiries into quality control, organizational practices, and management procedures within Spirit AeroSystems.

Spirit is also being asked to provide documents related to its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as information regarding the termination of Joshua Dean, a former quality auditor who reported wrongdoing.

This development follows the US Department of Justice’s investigation into a Boeing 737 MAX-9 operated by Alaska Airlines losing a mid-cabin door plug in January 2024.

The scrutiny of Spirit AeroSystems comes amid ongoing safety and quality challenges for Boeing, which recently saw its CEO announce his departure by year’s end. The aviation giant has been grappling with several issues, including the fallout from the 2018 and 2019 crashes involving its aircraft.

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