WASHINGTON - Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun, along with other company leaders, hosted an employee meeting Jan. 9 devoted to the importance of safety and how every detail matters, AviationPros reports. Continue reading original article.
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12 January 2024 -The FAA on Jan. 6 ordered the temporary grounding of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft operated by U.S. airlines. This was after a Jan. 5 incident on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 in which a door plug dislodged from the aircraft at roughly 16,000 feet and several passengers sustained injuries.
An FAA update on Jan. 9 said: "Every Boeing 737-9 Max with a plug door will remain grounded until the FAA finds each can safely return to operation. To begin this process, Boeing must provide instructions to operators for inspections and maintenance. Boeing offered an initial version of instructions yesterday which they are now revising because of feedback received in response. Upon receiving the revised version of instructions from Boeing the FAA will conduct a thorough review.
Calhoun talked about the approach he and other team members are taking: "We’re going to approach this, No. 1 ackowledging our mistake. We are going to approach it with 100 percent complete transparency every step of the way. We are going to work with the NTSB, who is investigating the accident itself to find out what the root cause is. I’ve had a long experience with this group. They’re as good as it gets. I trust every step they’ll take and they will get to a conclusion. The FAA, who has to now deal with airline customers who want their airplanes back in service safely and to make sure all the procedures are put in place, inspections, all the readiness actions that are required to ensure every next airplane that moves into the sky is in fact safe and that this event can never happen again.
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