WASHINGTON — Federal Aviation Administration chief T. Allan McArtor said today he has ordered a special review of the nation's aircraft manufacturing industry.
McArtor said no specific incident prompted the unusual investigation but added there have been some unauthorized "bogus" parts used in planes in recent years, "which could pose a problem" if unchecked.
He said the investigation is aimed at ensuring the industry manufactures high quality products in light of rapid technological changes.
McArtor said the review will involve an in-depth check of a selective cross-section of about 40 of the 1,300 firms involved in making aircraft and components.
The inspection will include some of the largest as well as the smaller aircraft manufacturers, the FAA chief said.
Manufacturers expected to be scrutinized include Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, he said.
"I am not in any way questioning the quality or safety of these products up to this point," McArtor said at a news conference.