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Hundreds of Boeing planes used by US airlines have a defect that could cause a fire or explosion during flight.

300 Boeing planes used by United and American Airlines have a potential defect that could cause the airliners to catch fire or explode, reports Dailymail.

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According to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposal, the problem is an electrical fault with the company's aircraft. If not corrected, it will cause fuel tanks on the wings of aircraft to catch fire and explode.

“The unsafe condition, if not corrected, could result in an ignition source within the fuel tank and a subsequent fire or explosion,” the FAA said.

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Nearly 300 aircraft are at potential risk Boeing, including those used by United and American Airlines.

A Boeing spokesman said the FAA notification was part of “a standard regulatory process that helps ensure that air travel is the safest form of transportation. This is not related to an immediate flight safety issue.”


“Modern commercial aircraft have many redundant measures to provide protection against electromagnetic interference. The Boeing 777 fleet has been in operation for almost 30 years and has safely transported more than 3,9 billion passengers,” the statement said.

Problems with Boeing have been observed for a long time. Several of the company's passenger planes suffered blown door trims, mid-air engine fires, and two deadly crashes that killed 346 people.

The FAA expects it will cost Boeing about $292 to fix the defect on all 698 affected aircraft.

The parts needed to eliminate the risk of explosion would cost just $98 for each Boeing 777, according to the federal agency.

Boeing 777 scandals

Former Boeing quality engineer Sam Salehpour testified before the Senate. He accused Boeing of being negligent in the design of the 777 model.

“There is no safety culture at Boeing,” Salehpour told the U.S. Senate during a public hearing.

“I observed Boeing workers using incorrect and untested methods to align parts on the 777,” he told investigators. “It happened that a worker even jumped on part of the plane to force it to level out.”

Salehpour said he was "transferred to the 777 program 'in retaliation'" for his inside information activities. He sounded the alarm about several even more serious risks associated with the company's 787 Dreamliner planes.

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“I was ignored, I was told to keep my mouth shut,” Salehpour told the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations.

The shortcomings of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and its 777 series became known to the public after terrible incidents occurred with the Boeing 737 Max, including the Boeing 737 Max 9 flight. Then, due to pressure in the cabin, passengers' clothes were ripped off.

Boeing 777s are among the best-selling long-haul airliners in the world. They are the first commercial aircraft designed entirely by computer.

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