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Engine maker reveals testing problem

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney said Monday that it has uncovered fraudulent testing of engine parts involving falsified records, but that no recalls or other problems resulted.

The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. said an investigation was begun in June 2011 when an employee anonymously alleged that test data had been altered over 15 years at Carmel Forge, another United Technologies unit, in Israel.

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An internal investigation found that employees doctored metallurgical test results to make certain engine forgings appear to meet strict standards when in fact they did not, the company said.

The doctored data did not lead to any flight safety risks.

Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, said Carmel Forge has made personnel changes and taken other steps to prevent adjustments to original test data.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement it found no evidence of nonconforming parts at Carmel Forge and did not issue fines or other penalties.

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