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    After airplane manufacturer Boeing fell short of a deadline to provide customers with appropriate safety instructions, the company must pay a $12 million fine, which includes other violations, the US air regulator agency announced.

    It is the second largest regulatory settlement in the history of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The company not only agreed to pay the fine, but said it would take additional measures to improve quality control and certification of its aircraft, BBC reported citing a statement by the agency.

    Anthony Foxx, a US Transportation Secretary, welcomed the agreement, underscoring that it will ensure, “Boeing fully meets all applicable compliance standards going forward."

    "It is imperative that everyone complies with our aviation system's high safety standards," Foxx added.

    Boeing, in a statement, admitted the company was fined “fairly.”

    "As a company we take responsibility for our actions, and we will never compromise on our commitment to quality and compliance," the aircraft manufacturer’s statement reads.

    Among issues that must be addressed by Boeing is the implementation of fuel tank instructions. Initially a problem arose after a Boeing 747 fuel tank exploded in flight, in 1996, killing 230 people aboard the aircraft.

    In 2008, FAA issued regulations prompting plane producers to provide safety instructions for carriers on how to mitigate fuel tank flammability in their airplanes. Those manuals contained information on equipping planes with systems specifically designed to replace the oxygen in jet fuel tanks with less explosive nitrogen gas. Manufacturers were obliged to submit their instructions to the federal regulator within two years, but Boeing was 301 days late, according to ABC news.

    Boeing also failed to implement in a timely fashion plans to correct incorrectly shaped fasteners on its 777 jets, according to the FAA. The aircraft manufacturer managed to take care of the problem two years after it was identified.

    The settlement includes 11 additional violations, among them, "allegations of delays in submitting required safety information, production quality control problems, and failures to implement corrective actions for those production problems."

    The FAA stated that while it doesn’t accuse Boeing of creating “unsafe conditions,” the manufacturer could be fined an additional $24 million, if a deadline is missed again.

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