United discovers fake parts in plane engines
United Airlines is the latest US carrier to discover ‘fake’ parts in its aircraft.
It revealed this week it had found uncertified parts in two aircraft engines.
Southwest Airlines also recently found similar parts.
They originate from supplier AOG Technics Ltd.
Authorities say the supplier knowingly distributed spare engine parts that had fake certification paperwork.
It relates to parts for CFM engines, typically used in narrow body Airbus and Boeing jets.
Virgin Australia also discovered bogus parts.
United said that it is replacing the engine parts before putting the planes back in service.
CFM has started legal action against the supplier to recover all potentially fake parts which may still be in aircraft.
However, there have been no reports so far of engine or safety issues caused by the parts.
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