FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The spoiler control system used by Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft was built at the Fort Wayne facility operated by a subcontractor, Fort Wayne’s NBC has confirmed.
In 2013, Boeing selected BAE Systems to provide that component for its then in-development 737 MAX 8. BAE assigned the work to a facility located by Fort Wayne International Airport.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that the government would order the grounding of all MAX 8 and 9 series aircraft. The decision came days after the second of two international incidents in recent months involving the still-new jetliner.
There has been no specific indication of a mechanical failure, but airlines and countries around the globe responded by grounding the 737 MAX planes as a precaution.
“The cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash remains under investigation,” BAE Systems Director of Communications Kelly Golden told Fort Wayne’s NBC. “As a trusted supplier to Boeing on the 737 MAX, we stand ready to provide support and assistance to the investigation if needed. Any further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Boeing.”
In Fort Wayne, BAE has employed between 800 and 1,000 employees in recent years. Globally, it is a company that is heavily engaged in commercial and military flight system manufacturing, among other technological specialties.
The BAE spoiler components were designed in Endicott, NY, then built in Fort Wayne and shipped to Washington State, where assembly of the 737 MAX aircraft takes place.