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Boeing will have to carry out alterations to nearly 50 planes. (File photo)

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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing reported another problem in the fuselages of its 737 jets, which could delay deliveries of about 50 planes.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal said in a letter to Boeing staff, which was viewed Monday, that an employee of his supplier discovered holes that may not have been not been drilled to specification in the fuselages.

Spirit AeroSystems, based in Wichita, Kansas, manufactures many of the fuselages for Boeing Max aircraft.

Although this potential condition does not constitute an immediate safety concern and all 737s can continue to operate safely, we currently believe we will need to perform rework on approximately 50 undelivered aircraft, Deal said in the letter. to employees shared with the media.

Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems face scrutiny over work quality after Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 forced to make landing emergency on January 5 when a door was ripped off the side of the plane shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon. Authorities are investigating the incident.

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The Boeing Company, which is based in Arlington, Virginia, announced the week last year that it withdrew a request for a safety exemption needed to certify a new, smaller model of the 737 Max airliner.

Boeing asked federal regulators late last year to allow delivery of its 737 Max 7 jetliner to customers, even though it does not meet a safety standard designed to prevent part of the engine case from overheating and breaking during flight.

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