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FAA intensifies its supervision at Boeing's North Charleston plant

North Charleston - The Federal Aviation Administration has been tightening its inspections at Boeing’s North Charleston plant after safety complaints by some employees, where safety was repeatedly ignored during the manufacturing phase.

The U.S. regulator is also investigating a claim that a Boeing employee was pressured to close an issue related to the airworthiness of a Boeing 787 jet on March.

On April 20, a research made by the New York Times revealed manufacturing problems and weak oversight at the plant, where the half of all 787 Dreamliners have been built.

The factory was opened on Nov. 12, 2011, to meet the increasing demand for the Boeing 787 Dreamliners. But from the beginning, Boeing allegedly sacrificed safety over speed by forcing its workers to meet deadlines. According to the New York Times, the Boeing managers sometimes overlooked the safety risks.

Some current and former employees spoke to the newspaper about systemic problems such as debris that were forgotten on the planes during manufacturing.

Once a stray bolt had been found in an engine. In another case, a stray bolt was left again in the tail of a 787 that was being prepared for a test flight. Metal shavings were also repeatedly left on the electrical wiring that controls the plane.

According to a striking detail in an FAA memo, Qatar Airways has not been accepting Boeing 787 planes from the North Charleston plant since 2014. All Dreamliners have been delivered from the Everett plant to the airline since then because the Qatari carrier applies higher delivery standards than other airlines.