IHI Engaged in Improper Aircraft Engine Inspections

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Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI Corp. <7013> was engaged in improper inspections of aircraft engine parts at a Tokyo plant, transport minister Keiichi Ishii said Tuesday.

The ministry conducted an on-site inspection of the plant in Mizuho, Tokyo, in January under the civil aviation law.

The plant, which provides a maintenance service for passenger aircraft engines, wins maintenance orders for some 150 engines a year mainly from low-cost carriers, according to IHI officials.

Unauthorized workers conducted inspections in part of the maintenance processes, and hundreds of engines may have been affected, the officials said.

But the company has no plans to recall affected products at least for now, as it sees no safety problems that must be dealt with immediately, the officials added.

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