NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 04, 1977
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(Studio) Special report on type of counterfeiting concerning Federal Aviation Administration and airplane passengers.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Seattle, WA) Boeing Company in Seattle, WA, is only 1 authorized to make certain electronic equipment for 727 and 737 planes, but late last year it was discovered parts being made illegally by someone besides Boeing. FAA has ordered all airlines to check for counterfeit equipment; case of Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colorado, noted. [MAN - describes substandard areas in equipment.] [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson John HOWE - cites possible consequences if defective part used on plane.] Most bogus parts purchased through ADS Supply Company, who allegedly purchased them from Air Repair Incorporated Comprehensive Engineering Company, located in old hangar at King Cnty. Airport in Seattle, admits making parts; much of equipment seized in recent raid by law officers. Company says Boeing charging too much and didn't want competition; Federal Aviation Administration says company never applied for manufacturer license. [Comprehensive Engineering spokesperson Guy KING - says they've broken regulations, but done nothing morally wrong nor jeopardized anyone's safety.] [HOWE - says no failures with devices had occurred, but due to unknown quality of them, Federal Aviation Administration concerned.] Supposedly, all bogus parts now out of nation's planes.
REPORTER: Don Oliver