WASHINGTON - "The Jan. 5 Boeing 737-9 MAX incident must never happen again." That was the introduction to a Jan. 24 news release from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA then announced "additional actions to ensure every aircraft is safe," AviationPros reports. Continue reading original article.
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29 January 2024 - The FAA on Jan. 24 informed Boeing it will not grant any production expansion of the MAX, including the 737-9 MAX. This action comes on top of the FAA’s investigation and ramped up oversight of Boeing and its suppliers.
The FAA on Jan. 24 also approved a thorough inspection and maintenance process that must be performed on each of the grounded 171 Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft. Upon successful completion, the aircraft will be eligible to return to service.
“We grounded the Boeing 737-9 MAX within hours of the incident over Portland and made clear this aircraft would not go back into service until it was safe,” FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said. “The exhaustive, enhanced review our team completed after several weeks of information gathering gives me and the FAA confidence to proceed to the inspection and maintenance phase.
“However, let me be clear: This won’t be back to business as usual for Boeing. We will not agree to any request from Boeing for an expansion in production or approve additional production lines for the 737 MAX until we are satisfied that the quality control issues uncovered during this process are resolved.”
Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
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