Was United Technologies to Blame for Boeing’s Latest Issue?
On Friday, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) took responsibility for assembly errors in engine-fire extinguishing systems that caused a round of inspections for Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) 787 jets earlier this week. The improperly assembled extinguisher bottles were discovered on three All Nippon Holdings Inc. 787s, causing Boeing to recommend inspections by operators.
An emailed statement to The Wall Street Journal by a spokesman for United Technologies read, “An assembly error in our service center impacted a limited number of refurbished fire extinguisher bottles.”
The systems were manufactured at United Technologies’ Kiddie Aerospace unit. The company said that the ”error has been corrected and we are working with Boeing and the airlines to complete the necessary inspections, which we expect will be completed over the next few days.”