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AFP of an Alaska Airlines flight, which resulted in the grounding of dozens of 737 MAX 9 planes from the American manufacturer.

We are going to approach [this file] by starting by recognizing our mistake, declared the manager during a meeting at the group's factory in Renton, in the state of Washington, according to quotes transmitted by a Boeing spokeswoman.

Dave Calhoun promised to handle the matter transparently every step of the way.

He said he relies on the US Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA) to ensure that all planes allowed to fly are safe and ensure that this event never happens again.

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This photo, provided by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), shows a gaping hole where a partition covering a door came loose during an Alaska Airlines flight on Friday. (Archive photo)

All the details are important, he insisted, claiming to have been marked by the images of the flight ;Alaska Airlines, which had to turn around on Friday after a door was torn off.

The boss of the aircraft manufacturer did not specify what he meant by mistake.

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On Monday, United, which owns the world's largest fleet of 737 MAX 9s (79 aircraft), said it had discovered bolts that needed to be tightened during checks on the condemned doors of its 737 MAX 9s, the same as the one torn off Friday during the Alaska Airlines flight.

The locking of certain doors is proposed by Boeing to its customers when the number of #x27;existing emergency exits is already sufficient given the number of seats in the aircraft.

In addition to the 737 MAX 9, this device exists on other Boeing models, notably the 737-900ER, launched in 2006 and which has not Since then, no similar incident has been known.

On Monday, Alaska Airlines also revealed that it had detected loose equipment on some of its aircraft of this type, at the end of the first inspections.

The reasons for the incident that occurred on Friday have not yet been established and the US Transportation Safety Agency (NTSB) is continuing its investigations.

Its president, Jennifer Homendy, announced Monday evening that she had not found any bolts among the elements that came loose on Friday from the Alaska Airlines plane.

Further research will determine whether the bolts were there, she continued.

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Investigators from the US Transportation Safety Agency were able to recover the panel that came off the fuselage of Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737-9 MAX, but no bolt had yet been found as of Tuesday, January 9, 2024. ( Archive photo)

The FAA announced Tuesday, in a statement sent to AFP, that “all Boeing 737-9s with an obstructed door [will] remain on the ground until [the agency] determines that they can be used again.”

The regulator said that Boeing had modified the instructions on Tuesday allowing the complete inspection of the door, frame and fasteners, after receiving feedback regarding the first instructions communicated on Monday.

Passenger safety, not speed, will determine the timeline for returning the 737 9 MAX to service, the FAA added.

Some 171 of the 218 aircraft of this model in service are affected by the flight suspension ordered by the agency on Saturday.

We are still awaiting inspection and maintenance instructions from Boeing, and validation of these procedures by the FAA. Until then, the fleet [of 737-9s] will remain on the ground.

A quote from Alaska Airlines on its account ;stopping some of its aircraft.

Since Saturday, Alaska Airlines and United have had to cancel, in total, nearly 1,500 flights.

This new setback, which follows a series of others in recent years, comes as Boeing was turning its head around and managed to improve its production rates at the end of 2023.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">After having delivered only 15 737 MAX planes in September – its lowest monthly total in two years – then 18 in October, the aircraft manufacturer of " Arlington, Virginia, jumped to 46 in November, then to 44 in December, according to figures released Tuesday.

I think Airbus and Boeing, certainly Boeing, must considerably improve their quality control, declared the boss of the European company Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, in an interview published Tuesday by the Financial Times.

Already a major customer of Boeing, Ryanair ordered, last May, 300 737 MAX 10 planes, a model which has not yet been certified by the FAA .

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