U.S. aviation regulators proposed to fine Boeing Co. $13.6 million for delays in telling airlines how to install devices on 383 aircraft to prevent fuel-tank explosions.
Boeing was given a Dec. 27, 2010 deadline to submit instructions on how to add the systems in its U.S.-registered 747 jumbo jets and 757 single-aisle planes, according an e- mailed statement today by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Chicago-based company missed the deadline for 747s by 301 days, and was 406 days late for 757s, according to the FAA release.
"We are committed to ensuring the safety of the flying public," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in the statement. "Manufacturers must provide the necessary instructions so the airlines can comply with this important safety regulation."
The fine stems from an FAA regulation that requires airlines to install devices that blanket center fuel tanks with non-flammable nitrogen gas to prevent explosions. The rule resulted from the explosion in a Trans World Airlines 747 off New York on July 17, 1996, that killed all 230 aboard.