Boeing, the embroiled airplane manufacturer, has identified another issue with the 737 Max, which has been grounded ever since two crashes killed 346 people.
According to a New York Times report, as the plane was undergoing an audit by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to gain approval to fly again Boeing discovered issues with the wiring that wasn't previously reported.
Wires that control tail too close together
The New York Times, citing a senior Boeing engineer and three others familiar with the matter, reported Boeing told the FAA it's investigating the proximity of two sections of wires to each other. The wires control the plane's tail and because of how close they are could create a situation in which there is a short circuit. The paper noted it could lead to a crash if the pilots don't react to a short circuit in the correct manner.
In response to the new report, Boeing told the media its top priority is making sure the 737 Max meets all safety and regulatory requirements and that the company is working closely with the FAA and other regulators. The last thing the company wants to do is bring the 737 Max back only for new safety issues to surface. A spokesman told CNN its too early to say if the wiring issue could result in changes in how the plane is designed.
Boeing CEO Muilenburg out as 2019 ended
The latest revelation comes a couple of weeks after CEO Dennis Muilenburg resigned from the company. Muilenburg has been under intense scrutiny ever since the two crashes. He was at the helm since 2015 and was replaced by Boeing's chairman of the board David L. Calhoun. Calhoun takes up the role on 13 January.
Shortly before Muilenburg's departure, Boeing said it would suspend production of the 737 Max in January after the FAA wasn't willing to lift the ban on the 737 Max in 2019.