Boeing agrees to acquire supplier Spirit AeroSystems for $4.7B in bid to improve plane safety

(WJET/WFXP) — Boeing announced Monday it has agreed to acquire supplier Spirit AreoSystems, a move the company says will improve plane safety and quality. Boeing previously owned Spirit, and the purchase would reverse a longtime Boeing strategy of outsourcing key work on its passenger planes. That approach has been criticized as problems at Spirit disrupted … Read more

Boeing Fails 33 FAA Safety Checks Over Dish Soap, Hotel Keys

Boeing is having a rough time of it right now, with parts falling off its planes left, right and center. Just last week, a wheel came loose and smashed through a car, and earlier this year the door from a 737 Max aircraft broke off mid-flight. That mid-air disaster sparked an audit from the Federal … Read more

‘Extremely Dumb’ Arson Attack Means Tesla’s German Plant Won’t Have Power For 10 More Days

Good morning! It’s Thursday, March 7, 2024, and this is The Morning Shift, your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Arsonists Shut Down German Tesla Plant For Weeks Tesla’s Gigafactory in Germany isn’t expected to have … Read more

Four Boeing Door Plug Bolts Were Missing On Blowout 737 Max Plane: Report

Photo: National Transportation Safety Board (AP) The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on how a door plug blew out of a Boeing 737 Max 9 at 16,000 feet over Portland, Oregon last month. The findings are as bad as expected with the report noting that the four bolts intended to hold the … Read more

‘Overstretched’ Regulators Keep Missing The Boeing 737 Max’s Serious Flaws

Photo: Mathieu Lewis-Rolland (Getty Images) The door plug blow-out on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 has rightly provoked an intense outburst of public scrutiny regarding the Boeing 737 Max 9. Initial findings have led federal regulators to believe that design and quality control issues at Boeing and its supplier Spirit AeroSystems caused the dramatic incident. But … Read more

Factory Error Could Have Led To Dangerous Door Plug Blowout On Boeing 737 Max

A door plug that blew out of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282Photo: National Transportation Safety Board (AP) When a door plug blew out from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 just minutes after taking off from Portland, Oregon, it raised several questions about the troubled airliner. Will airlines still be allowed to fly Boeing 737 … Read more