The discovery of counterfeit parts in two of Ryanair’s aircraft engines during standard maintenance checks recently resulted in a scandal. These questionable components were discovered during inspections carried out in Texas and Brazil, according to airline CEO Michael O’Leary.
To be certified as “airworthy,” airline parts must pass stringent safety tests. Additionally, each part is supposed to be accompanied by a certificate that can be used to track down the part’s original manufacturer and inspection history.
However, the company has been accused by aviation watchdogs in the US, Europe, and the UK of selling engine parts with forged certification documents, raising safety concerns. Ryanair is the most recent airline to be involved in the scandal; allegedly, suspicious parts have already been discovered by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines.
Legal action has been taken against AOG Technics after it was alleged that the scandal had an impact on its CFM56 model, which holds the record for the most engines ever sold to airlines at nearly 34,000. Mr. O’Leary had requested stricter oversight of third-party jet engine suppliers. The British watchdog, the Civil Aviation Authority, has sent a safety notice to airlines stating that it is “investigating the supply of a large number of suspect unapproved parts” that may be linked to AOG Technics.