Boeing 737 Max 9: Jets to stay grounded as inspections continue

Jan. 9, 2024
The US aviation regulator has said 171 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes will remain grounded until it is satisfied the planes are safe, the BBC reports.

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been inspecting the jets after part of an Alaska Airlines plane's fuselage fell off on Friday, the BBC reports. Continue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

9 January 2024 - "This emergency AD[Airworthiness Directive] was prompted by a report of an in-flight departure of a mid-cabin door plug, which resulted in a rapid decompression of the airplane," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. "The FAA is issuing this AD to address the potential in-flight loss of a mid-cabin door plug, which could result in injury to passengers and crew, the door impacting the airplane, and/or loss of control of the airplane ."

Boeing said, "Safety is our top priority and we deeply regret the impact this event has had on our customers and their passengers. We agree with and fully support the FAA's decision to require immediate inspections of 737-9 airplanes with the same configuration as the affected airplane. In addition, a Boeing technical team is supporting the NTSB's investigation into the Jan. 5 accident. We will remain in close contact with our regulator and customers."

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
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