At a press conference on January 6, 2024, Jennifer Homendy, the president of the American agency responsible for transportation safety, believes that the incident could have taken a much more tragic turn.
A terrifying incident, judged the American Secretary of Transport, Pete Buttigieg.
We are very, very fortunate that this did not end in a more tragic way, NTSB Chairman Jennifer Homendy told reporters.
We have the safest (civilian) air network in the world. We are a global standard […], but we must preserve this standard.
A quote from Jennifer Homendy, president of the American transportation security agency
The official revealed that, according to initial analyses, the gate had fallen above Cedar Hills, in the inner suburbs of Portland and called on residents of the area to come forward if one of them found.
The offending device was certified in November, according to the FAA registry available online. We agree with the FAA and support its decision to request an immediate inspection of 737-9s of the same configuration as the incriminated aircraft, Boeing responded in a statement sent to AFP.
The incident comes after a series of technical problems and two 737 MAX crashes in recent years. The two accidents, which left 346 dead in October 2018 and March 2019, resulted in the 737 MAX being grounded for 20 months and required changes to the in-flight control system.
More recently, Boeing had to slow down its deliveries because of problems on the fuselage, in particular on the rear bulkhead of the aircraft. By the end of December, Boeing had delivered a total of more than 1,370 copies of the 737 MAX and its order book reached more than 4,000 units.
Suspended by China since the accidents, deliveries of 737 MAX to Chinese companies have still not resumed.