Major Airlines Take Planes Out of Service Following Fake Safety Certificate Scandal

The aviation industry is currently facing a major scandal. American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, among others, have grounded planes due to potential safety issues with thousands of jet parts.

This scandal highlights concerns about the effectiveness of the aviation industry’s safety oversight measures.

The controversy revolves around AOG Technics, an airplane parts supplier accused of producing fake safety certificates to sell engine parts to airlines.

The company is also under scrutiny for allegedly fabricating employees and using stock photos for nonexistent staff on LinkedIn. Attempts to contact AOG Technics have been unsuccessful.

Faulty safety certificates have been discovered in at least 126 Boeing and Airbus engines used by various airlines. The affected parts range from small nuts and bolts to critical turbine blades, indicating the potentially severe consequences.

The CFM56 engine, found in many airplanes worldwide, including Boeing’s predecessor to the 737 MAX and the initial Airbus A320, is the most impacted model. Over 33,900 of these engines have been sold to airlines.

General Electric (GE) and Safran have filed a lawsuit against AOG Technics after TAP Air Portugal’s engineering and maintenance teams alerted them to the crisis. They claim that AOG Technics endangered aircraft safety and made it impossible for operators to verify the airworthiness of their engines. GE assured investors it doesn’t expect any financial impact from the issue.

The scandal has exposed the complexity of the aviation industry. AOG Technics, established in 2015, acts as an intermediary, acquiring parts and selling them to maintenance and repair shops.

There is no record of AOG Technics receiving approvals for its parts, raising further concerns about its operations. In the UK, where the company is located, a judge has ordered AOG Technics to provide documents related to its parts sales. The full extent of the scandal may become clearer as these records are analyzed. Airlines have already discovered 16 engines in their shops and 110 in separate facilities fitted with parts from AOG Technics.

This crisis emphasizes the importance of rigorous safety measures in the aviation industry and the potential consequences of their failure. As investigations continue, swift action must be taken to ensure passenger safety and restore public trust.

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Written by Western Reader

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