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FAA alert warns of GE jet engines with unapproved parts

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FAA alert warns of GE jet engines with unapproved parts
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert to the aviation industry on Thursday regarding specific CF6 jet engines manufactured by General Electric (NYSE:GE). The engines may contain unapproved parts, prompting the need for inspections.

The FAA discovered that London-based parts supplier AOG Technics sold bushings meant for these engines to TAP Maintenance & Engineering without GE’s approval. Bushings are crucial in reducing friction within the moving components of a jet engine.

Just a day before the alert, CFM International, a major jet-engine maker, revealed that AOG Technics had potentially distributed thousands of parts with forged documentation.

CF6 jet engine. Photo: GE Aviation

The CF6 engine is primarily used in cargo planes like the Boeing 767 freighters and the KC-767 tanker operated by Italy and Japan, as reported by Reuters.

The FAA advises aircraft owners and operators to remove and isolate any unapproved parts discovered in their engines, as stated in the agency’s Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) notice.