|GAO Finds Boeing Did Not Withhold Fuel Tank Report
SEATTLE, November 5, 1999 – Congressional
investigators say The
Boeing Company did not intentionally withhold a 1980 study on
performance in the E-4B. The 19-year-old report on fuel tank
a military version of the Boeing 747 was prepared for the U.S.
Force. "The General Accounting Office investigators found no
a conspiracy on Boeing's part to withhold the study," Sen. Chuck
Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of Judiciary subcommittee on administrative
oversight, said Thursday. Boeing said the report was not given
National Transportation Safety Board investigators probing the
Flight 800 explosion because its civilian airliner division was
of the report prepared by the company's military unit. "That
was not withheld," Boeing Chairman and CEO Phil Condit said earlier
week. "It was a question of finding it. It was a document about
pump performance that in retrospect bears a resemblance but,
by the way,
has to do with a configuration that is entirely different (than
commercial 747) under a different use. It would not have changed
outcome of the investigation.' Company officials also dispute
by Sen. Grassely that it has established a "pattern of under-reporting"
on safety issues.