China Airlines sues Boeing

China Airlines has filed a lawsuit against the Boeing Co. over alleged skin damage to a 747-400, reports Bloomberg. The Taiwan-based carrier seeks $7.5 million from the Chicago-based aerospace company.

The airline says it followed Boeing’s maintenance instructions, repairing the fuselage twice. But the carrier contends in its suit that it found “scribe mark damage” on the fuselage of a 747-400, which it bought in 1990. That damage, China Airlines alleges, constitutes a safety risk.

Boeing reportedly bought the plane back from China Airlines at a $7.5 million discount. But the carrier says Boeing failed to provide sufficient maintenance instructions that would have allowed China Airlines to avoid the fuselage damage.

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