IHI Finds 211 Cases of Improper Aircraft Engine Checks

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Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI Corp. <7013> said in an interim report on Friday that it has confirmed 211 cases of improper inspections of commercial aircraft engines at a facility in Tokyo in the past two years.

The company conducted an in-house probe of the engine maintenance plant in the town of Mizuho after the transport ministry discovered the irregularities in an on-site inspection it conducted under the civil aviation law in January.

"The irregularities were extremely serious and could undermine our long-established commitment to high-quality inspections," IHI President Tsugio Mitsuoka said at a press conference in Tokyo on the day.

On how he plans to take responsibility for the misconduct, Mitsuoka said, "Taking full-fledged measures to prevent similar wrongdoing and regaining trust are top priority."

Mitsuoka also said the company is currently assessing the scandal's impacts on its earnings.

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