Italian law enforcement seize low quality parts made for Boeing Jets


Italian law enforcement seized components that were intended to be installed in Boeing 787 production, due to not matching the required technical specifications. Items seized are titanium and aluminum parts. The parts were made by Grotaglie facility of Italian aerospace, defense and security powerhouse Leonardo. News network CNBC reported that the low quality parts were made by two sub-suppliers to Leonardo. The two sub-suppliers are being investigated. The news network added that the authorities hinted in a statement that the parts in question, "were produced using titanium and aluminum of different quality and origin from those prescibed by the customer and in breach of the relevant technical specifications." Investigators, also mentioned that parts were made "for the production of sections 44 and 46 of the Boeing 787 fuselages."

The Italian company, Leonardo, produces 14% of the Dreamliner's airframe, including horizontal stabilizer. 

Earlier in October, Boeing reported that some parts from MPS were not properly manufactured for the past three years. But Boeing said that this quality issue did not have an immediate impact on the safety of unites in service. Boeing notified FAA about the issue. Eventually, units that were not delivered will reworked, while units in service will be inspected by Boeing and FAA. These fixes will cost Boeing $1 billion.


Boeing had came under heat from FAA and Congress over quality issues that cause two deadly crashes of 737MAX and halt the delivery of 787.

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