The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating documents used to verify the authenticity of titanium used in Boeing and Airbus jets, the agency announced on Friday. The material in question, which has been determined to be counterfeit, was used to make Boeing 737 Max, 787 Dreamliner, and Airbus A220 jets from 2019 to 2023.

According to the New York Times, the issue was first noticed when a supplier found small holes from corrosion in the metal. The FAA said in a statement, “Boeing reported a voluntary disclosure to the FAA regarding procurement of material through a distributor who may have falsified or provided incorrect records.”

The origin of the material remains unclear, but sources claim that an employee from the Chinese company that sold the titanium forged documents certifying the material’s origin was responsible.

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Boeing commented on the practical implications of the defective material: “This industrywide issue affects some shipments of titanium received by a limited set of suppliers, and tests performed to date have indicated that correct titanium alloy was used. To ensure compliance, we are removing any affected parts on airplanes prior to delivery.”

Titanium alloys are optimal for airplane manufacturing due to their strength, low weight, and resistance to corrosion and heat. They are commonly used in aircraft frames, landing gear, and engine parts.

While Boeing and Airbus seek to reassure stakeholders about aircraft safety, the safety issues continue to accumulate for Boeing. Several weeks ago, Valuetainment reported that Boeing’s fleet of 777 jets is allegedly at risk of fire and explosion due to an electrical flaw.

Boeing made headlines earlier this year when a 737 suffered a door blowout mid-flight. Following this, deliveries of 50 Boeing 737s were delayed after “mis-drilled holes” were discovered. Boeing has been criticized for a lack of production quality, with some citing their commitment to DEI policies as a potential cause. In recent months, 10 new whistleblowers have come forward with information on the company, following the mysterious deaths of two prior whistleblowers.

Last month, the Justice Department told a federal judge that Boeing violated a settlement that allowed the company to avoid criminal prosecution. While the Justice Department has not pursued criminal charges yet, this violation legally provides the DOJ with the option to do so.

Amid these safety concerns, Boeing stock has fallen about 32 percent in 2024. Boeing had a “net loss attributable to Boeing Shareholders” of $343 million in Q1 of 2024, according to their public income statement. The company is currently valued at just over $108 billion, making it the third-largest US defense contractor.

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