Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group issues the following statement, which is attributed to Jeff Hawk, director of Airplane Certification:
"We discovered recently that we have non-conforming flight deck drip shield parts on some of our 747s, 757s, 767s and 777s, and we notified the FAA immediately. These drip shields are used to manage condensation in the airplanes. We have already taken action to correct the situation in production with minimal impact on the deliveries of new airplanes. We are identifying the in-service airplanes affected and we are working with the FAA to develop a plan to address them. This is not related to any accident, incident or in-service event."
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