IHI's Improper Aircraft Engine Checks Expand to 6,340 Cases

Economy Politics

Tokyo, March 29 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI Corp. <7013> on Friday reported 6,340 cases of improper maintenance checks of engines of commercial aircraft, up sharply from 211 announced in its interim investigation report on March 8.

The surge came as the company added engines of aircraft used by foreign airlines in its probe into the irregularities. The interim report covered only engines of airplanes operated by domestic carriers.

Taking the problem seriously, the industry ministry imposed an administrative penalty on the company based on the aircraft manufacturing business act. IHI was ordered to conduct engine maintenance and repair work under approved methods.

It is very rare for an administrative penalty to be slapped based on the law.

The number of cases of improper aircraft engine checks at IHI may increase further as the transport ministry is continuing its investigation.

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