- Published: Monday, 24 February 2020 13:37
Potentially hazardous wiring inside Boeing Co. BA -0.74% ’s 737 MAX jets is the latest flashpoint between U.S. and European regulators and a further complication in the grounded fleet’s return to service, according to people familiar with the details.
Technical experts at the European Union Aviation Safety Agency want certain electrical wires relocated to reduce what they say are dangers from potential short circuits, which in a worst-case scenario could disrupt flight-control systems, according to these people.
In addition to the Federal Aviation Administration’s ongoing safety review of proposed fixes to the MAX, the European agency is independently vetting such changes.
But engineers at the Chicago plane maker and high-ranking FAA managers, including the agency’s top safety official, contend moving the wiring isn’t necessary, one of these people said. Boeing hasn’t yet submitted its formal recommendation, though the issue is headed for a decision in the next few weeks by FAA head Steve Dickson.
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