Despite 737 scrutiny, Boeing pushing ahead with plan to replace inspectors with tech

Despite 737 scrutiny, Boeing pushing ahead with plan to replace inspectors with tech
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Boeing is moving forward with its plan to cut roughly 900 human inspectors and replace them with technology advancement despite scrutiny over flaws in its flight sensors that led to deadly crashes in its 737 Max jets.

USA Today reports the union representing the workers in the Seattle-area Boeing factory decried the layoffs as a "bad decision" that will "eliminate the second set of eyes on thousands of work packages.”

About 450 inspectors will be transferred to other jobs this year, with the other 450 being phased out and transferred next year.

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Boeing confirmed the plans to USA Today but would not give specific numbers of workers involved in the transfers.

"As we identify and reduce second-layer inspections for stable processes, quality assurance professionals will be redeployed and take on new roles such as leading and supporting efforts to prevent defects and rework," Boeing said in a statement.

The plan has yet to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), USA Today notes.

"Our enhanced oversight on this is still underway," FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said of Boeing's transfer plan. 

The move comes as the manufacturing giant still has its 737 Max jets grounded throughout most of the world as the company works to fix software issues that are thought to have been the cause for the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this year and the Lion Air crash last year.

In a statement over the weekend, Boeing said it knew an alert on its 737 Max aircrafts did not meet alert requirements, but it failed to notify the FAA until after a deadly crash.