MOSES LAKE - Since being grounded in mid-March, undeliverable Boeing 737 Max aircraft is stacking up and the stockpile of troubled planes is spilling over into eastern Washington. Part of that fleet now sits on the tarmac at Boeing’s test facility at the east end of the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake.
The planes departed from Boeing’s production facility in Renton and touched down in Moses Lake last weekend.
"As everybody knows by now, Boeing is resolving an issue with the 737 Max aircraft. Boeing has facilities all over the country, we're fortunate enough to have a Boeing facility here, adjacent to the Grant County International Airport. Boeing is actually storing aircraft on their property as we speak. As they work to resolve the situation, then they will be departing from here to the customers they plan to deliver that aircraft to," said Grant County International Airport Director Rich Mueller.
The timeline as to when the planes will depart remains unclear. They can’t be delivered to customers until FAA regulators approved the revised flight control software. Software problematic software glitches led to two plane crashes that killed nearly 350 people.
Mueller says the airport will lend additional space to Boeing if needed. There’s been no word on whether more planes will arrive at the Moses lake airport. The arrival of the planes have not affected airport operations.