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Dave Calhoun, CEO of Boeing Co, left, and Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus SE, right, at the Berlin Aviation Summit in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Widebody jets have seen a surge in demand as long-haul travel rebounds from the lows of the pandemic. Image Credit: Bloomberg

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is investigating falsified documents that were used to verify the authenticity of titanium used in some recently manufactured Boeing and Airbus jets, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The falsified documents are being investigated by the FAA and Spirit AeroSystems, which is a supplier to both Boeing and Airbus, NYT said in the report citing a supplier for the planemakers.

The FAA, Boeing, Airbus and Spirit did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comments.

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The investigation comes after a parts supplier found small holes in the material used in manufacturing of jets from corrosion, the report added. Titanium, an important component in the aerospace supply chain, is used to make landing gears, blades and turbine discs for aircraft.

The FAA is investigating the scope of the problem and trying to determine the short-and long-term safety implications to planes that were equipped with those parts, NYT reported, citing a statement from the regulator.

Aircraft manufacturers are facing strong demand for new planes due to a surge in post-pandemic travel. However, supply chain issues and component shortages are limiting their ability to meet this demand.

Last year, jet engine manufacturer CFM International disclosed that thousands of its engine components might have been sold with falsified documentation by a British distributor. The discovery had prompted airlines to change parts on a handful of planes. Boeing and Spirit shares were down about 1% each in premarket trading.