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February 6, 2024

Boeing flags more potential delays

(AP) SEATTLE — Boeing discovered another problem in some of its 737 Max fuselages that may delay deliveries of about 50 aircraft in the latest quality gaffe to plague the manufacturer.

According to a letter from Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing's commercial airplanes division, improperly drilled holes were discovered by Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier that provides Boeing with fuselages. Both Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems are facing intense scrutiny over the quality of their work after an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 was forced to make an emergency landing on Jan. 5 when a panel called a door plug blew out of the side of the plane shortly after takeoff from Portland.

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