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An aviation attorney said Sunday that Boeing has suffered many “self-inflicted wounds” in recent months due to a series of recent accidents, but some say the blame lies with the airlines themselves.

Fox News has tracked at least four incidents involving Boeing planes in January, two in February and as many as 10 from mid-March.

Arthur Rosenberg, a former pilot, earlier this month highlighted a case in which a tire came loose on a United Airlines plane taking off from San Francisco International Airport.

Video of the incident showed a tire on the Boeing 777-200 coming loose during takeoff and landing in an airport employee parking lot, damaging several cars.

“That’s not really a Boeing problem. That’s an old plane,” Rosenberg said on “Fox News Live.” “Tires are replaced, maintenance people, mechanics at United, change the tires. Something went wrong. I’d say a recent tire change or repair caused that to come loose. That’s not really a Boeing problem.”

Fox News has tracked at least four incidents involving Boeing planes in January, two in February and as many as 10 from mid-March. REUTERS

A second United Airlines plane landed in Medford, Oregon, on Friday with an external panel missing. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft had 139 passengers and six crew members on board.

Rosenberg said the photo of the missing panel does not indicate a “Boeing problem.” “To me, that smells like a United Airlines maintenance issue,” he explained.

However, the aerospace engineer said the door plug that blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 plane in flight in January was a manufacturing defect. “There’s really no excuse for that,” he added.

Arthur Rosenberg, a former pilot, earlier this month highlighted a case in which a tire came loose on a United Airlines plane taking off from San Francisco International Airport.

“That was a failure of Boeing’s internal policies and procedures. And apparently, if you look at the long history leading up to that, and even after that, it has become, in my opinion… endemic and a pandemic within Boeing.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a preliminary investigation report that four door plug key latches were missing and have not been recovered.

An investigative hearing into the incident will take place in early August.

Rosenberg said he believes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is understaffed and overworked and is pursuing a two-pronged policy not only on safety but also on economics.

Rosenberg said the photo of the missing panel does not indicate a “Boeing problem.” “To me, that smells like a United Airlines maintenance issue,” he explained. via REUTERS

“They don’t want to crush an airline. They don’t want to bankrupt them with protocols and safety procedures. But they are the watchdog. And in my opinion they have failed in one of their main goals, which is aircraft safety,” the aviation expert explained.

He added that he believes the flying public can trust that air travel is safe.

“The FAA will do a good job and hopefully Boeing will do a good job too. And only time will tell,” he said.





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