Déjà vu for P&W in new titanium probe

Feb 27, 2013 | 05:07 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  titanium, Pratt & Whitney, Western Titanium, engine parts, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Pratt & Whitney Co. is investigating titanium used in its aircraft engines that was supplied by Western Titanium Inc., reviving memories of an earlier criminal case against the San Diego distributor.

The East Hartford, Conn.-based aircraft engine builder has determined that some material originating from Western Titanium "may not meet all of the raw material specification requirements (that) has been delivered in P&W products," it told AMM.

A three-year criminal case against Western Titanium and four current or former executives ended in 2011 when the company pleaded guilty to one of 19 counts of felony mail fraud involving one shipment of "nonconforming" titanium and paid a fine of about $50,000 (amm.com, Jan. 14, 2011). The titanium was used on military aircraft, as well as spacecraft built by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.....

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