Army Halts Apache Deliveries After Boeing Finds Improper Record-Keeping At Helicopter Factory

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Soldiers work on an AH-64E Apache at Camp Taji Military Complex, Iraq, in July 2017.

Soldiers work on an AH-64E Apache at Camp Taji Military Complex, Iraq, in July 2017. U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. ISOLDA REYES

It’s the latest quality-control issue for the nation’s largest planemaker.


Media – The U.S. Army has stopped accepting Apache helicopters from Boeing after the company found that an employee kept “improper” records concerning parts installed on the aircraft.

It’s the latest quality-control issue to bedevil America’s largest planemaker, which is trying to shift its company’s culture and repair its public image after two deadly airliner crashes and a production line that left tools and trash inside new tanker aircraft.

“At this time the Army is still conducting a comprehensive review of a number of Boeing processes, production, and manufacturing plans for critical safety items applicable to all AH-64E aircraft production,” Lt. Col. Brandon Kelley, an Army spokesman, said in an emailed statement.

When it learned of “improper record keeping” at its AH-64 Apache factor in Mesa, Arizona, Boeing “immediately notified the Army,” Steve Parker, vice president and general manager of Boeing Vertical Lift, said in a statement provided by a company spokesman.

“Boeing and the government are jointly reviewing our Mesa quality management processes and procedures,” Parker said. “Flight operations and deliveries will resume when Boeing and the Army are satisfied this issue has been resolved and appropriate corrective action plans have been implemented.” ((News Sources: Defense News, a division of Sightline Media Group).

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