A person has been arrested as part of a fraud investigation into a company that supplies engine parts to several major airlines.
On Wednesday, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced it had raided a property and launched a new investigation into AOG Technics Ltd.
The company supplies engine parts to several major airlines in the UK and abroad.
In August. the civil aviation authority announced that it was investigating the same company for the “supply of a large number of suspicious non-approved parts”.
Since the investigations began, some planes have been grounded in the UK and US.
Nick Ephgrave, director of the SFO, said: “This investigation deals with very serious allegations of fraud involving the supply of aircraft parts, the consequences of which are potentially far-reaching.
“The SFO is best placed to take this investigation forward vigorously and we are determined to establish the facts as quickly as possible.”
SFO detectives, accompanied by officers from the National Crime Agency, seized material from a location in Greater London and one person is currently being questioned.
Headquartered in the UK, AOG has supplied parts globally for the world’s best-selling passenger aircraft engine (CF56) and most used cargo aircraft engine (CF6) since 2015.
The parts were mostly sold to overseas companies that install airline parts, as well as some UK airlines, maintenance providers and parts suppliers.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the EU Aviation Safety Agency issued warnings earlier this year to airlines that may have purchased or installed AOG’s parts and are continuing to manage the safety implications involved.