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Boeing 787 Manufacturing Gets New Scrutiny Even as Deliveries of Jet Near Resumption

  • FAA’s acting administrator plans to visit South Carolina plant
  • Agency is close to approving resumption of Dreamliner sales
An employee works on the tail of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the company’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
An employee works on the tail of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the company’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.Photographer: Travis Dove/Bloomberg

The chief US aviation safety regulator is making an unusual public show of concern about Boeing Co.’s manufacturing processes with a visit Thursday to a plant that builds the company’s troubled 787 Dreamliner jets.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s acting administrator, Billy Nolen, plans to meet with agency safety inspectors in South Carolina, the agency said in an emailed statement. He will also meet with Boeing officials at a plant in North Charleston to discuss the company’s new internal safety program that it began in the wake of the two fatal crashes on the 737 Max jets.