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U.S. safety regulators want to fine Boeing $3.9 million for faulty jet parts

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U.S. safety regulators want to fine Boeing nearly US$4 million, saying that the company installed critical wing parts on 133 planes even though it knew the parts were faulty.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the proposed civil penalty on Friday.

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The FAA action covers parts on Boeing 737s known as slat tracks, which sit at the front edge of a plane’s wings and guide the movement of panels called slats.

The slats help give planes more lift during takeoffs and landings.

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The FAA said the tracks were made brittle during a process in which they received a coating of cadmium and titanium, and that suppliers notified Boeing of the problem.

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Boeing still submitted the planes for FAA flight approval even after deciding that the slat tracks “could not be used due to a failed strength test,” according to an FAA statement.

Chicago-based Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company has 30 days to respond to the FAA.

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