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Problematic titanium was found in Boeing and Airbus jets. The FAA is investigating how it got there

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The discovery of titanium with fake documentation in commercial Boeing and Airbus jets has prompted an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the aircraft manufacturers, and supplier Spirit AeroSystems. Small holes found in the material, possibly due to corrosion, have raised concerns about safety. Boeing confirmed that parts from a limited set of suppliers are being investigated, but tests suggest the correct titanium alloy was used. Spirit said the investigation centers around counterfeit documents that allowed the questionable titanium to enter the supply chain. The FAA is working to determine the safety implications for planes made with these parts. The aviation industry has faced several recent quality and safety issues, impacting plane availability and potentially leading to higher airfares. Boeing, in particular, has faced significant problems, including fatal crashes and a recent incident involving an Alaska Airlines flight. Airbus has also dealt with grounding issues related to its engines.