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counterfeit titanium in Boeing and Airbus jets

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madires:
F.A.A. Investigating How Questionable Titanium Got Into Boeing and Airbus Jets: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/14/us/politics/boeing-airbus-titanium-faa.html
FAA investigates counterfeit titanium used in some Boeing and Airbus jets: https://www.theguardian.com/business/article/2024/jun/14/boeing-airbus-counterfeit-titanium-faa

TL;DR: In 2019 a Turkish material supplier bought counterfeit titanium from a supplier in China and sold it to manufacturers of aircraft parts. Those parts went to Spirit AeroSystems and ended up in Boeing and Airbus jets.

SiliconWizard:
For some reason, this funky supply chain issue reminds me of a scandal with an industrial food manufacturer that at some point was selling products containing horse meat whereas it was advertised as beef.
 :popcorn:

coppercone2:
i wanna know what they thought it was. titanium is pretty hard to miss. The thin parts feel very peculiar.

tooki:
They thought it was titanium because it is titanium; calling it “counterfeit” is a poor choice of word. It’s that it’s titanium of unknown origin and quality because of counterfeited paperwork. In aviation, everything needs a paper trail, and now it’s been discovered that this particular paper trail was forged.

xrunner:
Yea how can there be counterfeit titanium it's an element LOL. Must be the paperwork they mean.

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