"The US Department of Transportation’s FAA proposes a $19.68 million civil penalty against The Boeing Company for allegedly installing equipment on almost 800 of the company’s 737 aircraft containing sensors that were not approved for that equipment", the FAA said on Friday.
The FAA claims that between June 2015 and April 2019, Boeing installed Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance Systems on 791 jetliners, including 618 Boeing 737 NGs and 173 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the release said.
According to the release, the guidance systems in these airplanes were equipped with sensors that had not been tested or approved as being compatible with them.
The 737 MAX has been grounded for nearly 18 months after fatal crashes that killed 346 people. Investigations into the crashes revealed errors in the functioning of the jet’s piloting system, lapses in Boeing’s safety standard procedures and cover-ups by company officials later.