The FAA is giving Boeing 90 days to develop a plan to address quality control issues

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it has asked Boeing to provide the agency with a “comprehensive action plan” to address quality control problems within 90 days, the regulator’s latest push for safety improvements after a panel fell from the Boeing 737 Max 9 .plane in flight at the beginning of January.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker made the request Tuesday when he met with Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun and other company officials for what the agency described as a “day-long safety discussion.”

“Boeing must commit to real and deep improvements,” Mr. Whitaker said in a statement. “Making fundamental changes requires a sustained effort from Boeing leadership, and we will hold them accountable every step of the way, with mutually understood milestones and expectations.”

Boeing had no immediate comment on Wednesday.

The meeting, which was held at the FAA headquarters in Washington, came two weeks after Mr. Whitaker toured Boeing’s 737 factory in Renton, Wash. During his visit, Mr. Whitaker spoke with Boeing engineers and mechanics to try to better understand the safety culture at the factory. FAA announced after his visit that Mr. Whitaker planned to discuss what he saw during the visit when he met with Boeing executives in Washington.

The FAA on Monday released a report from a panel of experts that found Boeing’s safety culture remains flawed, despite improvements made after the fatal 737 Max 8 crashes in 2018 and 2019. The report, which was approved by Congress, was in the works before the harrowing episode in January with Max 9 jets.

Boeing has come under another wave of scrutiny after the episode, which happened shortly after the Alaska Airlines flight took off from Portland, Ore. No one was seriously injured when the panel, known as a door stopper, fell from the plane, but the FAA quickly grounded similar Max 9 jets. The regulator gave the green light for those planes to resume flights later in January.

In a preliminary report released this month, the National Transportation Safety Board said four bolts used to secure the panel that eventually took the plane down were removed at Boeing’s Renton plant, and suggested the bolts may not have been reinstalled.

Since this episode, the FAA has taken an aggressive stance toward Boeing, preventing the company from expanding production of the 737 Max series until quality control issues are resolved. The agency also began an audit of the company’s Max production and opened an investigation into the plane maker’s compliance with production requirements.

Last month, Boeing announced changes to its quality control processes, including increased inspections at its own factory and at a key supplier, Spirit AeroSystems, which makes the body, or fuselage, of the 737 Max. Boeing also announced a series of leadership changes at its commercial aircraft unit last week.

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