Pratt & Whitney has removed A&P Alloys from its approved supplier list and launched legal proceedings after questions were raised about the origins of raw materials it provided to the OEM.
P&W has revealed that “conflicting documentation” about the origin of material from A&P Alloys was discovered during routine supplier surveillance in May.
The material was used to manufacture parts in Pratt & Whitney and Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. The OEM has confirmed that it is conducting “rigorous analysis” of the material, but that it did not believe the safety of its engines had been compromised. “
While the tested material may not meet every Pratt & Whitney material control standard, our engine designs have significant amounts of margin and, based on our engineering assessments, such material does not pose a risk to safety of flight,” read a statement from the firm.
P&W filed a lawsuit against A&P Alloys on August 29.