American Airlines Is Latest Carrier to Find Bogus Parts on Aircraft

American Airlines joins a growing number of carriers around the globe that have discovered improperly certified replacement parts sold by a London-based company fitted in their aircraft

An American Airlines plane prepares to take off past another American Airlines plane on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on April 27, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
By Mary Schlangenstein
September 21, 2023 | 09:56 PM

Bloomberg — American Airlines has disclosed that it has discovered improperly certified replacement parts fitted to its aircraft, joining a number of carriers around the world that have also revealed such discoveries.

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The airline disclosed the finding to Bloomberg News late Thursday, hours after US federal aviation regulators issued a warning to airlines and other aviation-industry companies. The carrier didn’t immediately identify the type of parts it found on the planes.

“Through the work of internal audits as well as collaboration with our suppliers, we’ve identified the uncertified components on a small number of aircraft — each were immediately taken out of service for replacement,” a spokesperson for American Airlines said.

“We’ll continue working with our suppliers and coordinating closely with the FAA to ensure these parts are no longer in our supply or otherwise in use on our aircraft.”


In its notice, the Federal Aviation Administration said the suspect parts were sold with allegedly forged airworthiness documents by AOG Technics Ltd. and used on a number of jets.

Discovery of the parts, first in Europe, has triggered a worldwide search.

As many as 96 engines made by CFM International Inc., a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Safran SA, were fitted with the components. CFM makes engines for many older generation Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.


Southwest Airlines Co. earlier discovered engine blades linked to AOG, while United Airlines Holdings Inc. discovered parts that help direct air flow through engines.

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