08 Sep 2023 at 23:57
Jet engine manufacturer CFM International reports that 68 of its engines contain counterfeit parts from shady British company AOG Technics. These are CFM56 engines that are fitted to types of aircraft that make up the largest part of the global fleet.
Bloomberg news agency previously reported that AOG Technics, a London company, distributed parts that were fake or undocumented. This happened after questions to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The aircraft in question are older types, such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus 320. New engines from manufacturer CFM International would not be affected. This concerns, for example, the successor to the CFM56, which is used on the latest Airbus and Boeing aircraft, such as the A320neo and 737 MAX.
CFM International’s finding is included in a lawsuit the company filed against AOG Technics. In doing so, CFM International is trying, among other things, to force the London company to cooperate in helping to find the remaining fake parts.
“Security is our number one priority and we are taking aggressive legal action against AOG Technics to help the industry more quickly identify parts sold by this third party with falsified documentation,” a CFM spokesperson said in a statement.
Manufacturers and regulators sounded the alarm weeks ago. An attempt was then made to trace the parts distributed by AOG Technics worldwide. The EASA has ordered airlines to isolate components containing potentially falsified documents. External companies such as AOG Technics supply parts to the workshops where commercial aircraft are tinkered with.
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