A Fierce Downdraft At Boeing

As troubles mount, it's clear that record orders won't bring fat profits

There were already thousands of new faces at Boeing Co.'s plants in Wichita and suburban Seattle, as the company ramped up for record production. Then on Jan. 12, a smaller and far less welcome group appeared--Federal Aviation Administration inspectors. Prompted by the unexplained Dec. 19 crash in Indonesia of a 10-month-old 737-300, which killed all 104 aboard, the FAA dispatched a team for an unscheduled review of quality-control procedures at the 737 factories.

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