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Boeing 737 MAX 9 inspections multiply

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Passengers of Flight 1282 of Alaska Airlines had a big scare when they saw a door come off the cabin of the plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 9, shortly after taking off from Portland airport, Oregon.

Agence France-Presse

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 inspection movement spreads around the world on Sunday, two days after an incident on a plane of the American company Alaska Airlines, which lost a door in mid-flight.

Like American companies like United Airlines, one of the world's first, Turkish Airlines, Aeromexico and the Panamanian company Copa Airlines have grounded their aircraft of this type to inspect them, as the ;requires a directive from the United States Federal Civil Aviation Agency (FAA).

According to data communicated by Boeing to AFP, some 218 copies of the 737 MAX 9 have been delivered to date.

The FAA on Saturday ordered the immediate inspection of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes before a new flight, specifying that approximately 171 aircraft were affected worldwide. The duration of the operation is estimated between 4 and 8 hours by plane.

The incident occurred on Friday at around 5 p.m. local time, shortly after an Alaska Airlines flight took off from x27;Portland International Airport, Oregon, to Ontario, California.

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ELSE ON INFO: The study permit of a Chinese refused due to risks of “espionage”< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">According to the American Transportation Safety Agency (NTSB), a door opened and detached from the cabin in mid-flight.

The aircraft, which was carrying 171 passengers and 6 crew members, was at an altitude of nearly 5,000 m at the time .

This is a door blocked off and hidden by a partition which only reveals a porthole, according to the NTSB, a configuration offered by Boeing to customers who request it.

The FAA directive also concerns models with the middle door blocked, according to the document published on its site.

After turning around, the plane returned to land in Portland, the incident causing only a few minor injuries.

The NTSB announced that it had sent a team to Portland to investigate the reasons for this malfunction.

United, which has the largest fleet of 737-9s in the world, announced to AFP that it was leaving 46 aircraft on the ground, 33 having already been examined.

Alaska Airlines, which had neutralized all of its 65 planes of this model even before the FAA's announcement, said Saturday on X that more than a quarter of its 737 MAX 9 fleet had been inspected and said it had not found any cause for concern at this stage.

Copa Airlines has suspended the operation of its 21 aircraft of this model for verification and Turkish Airlines that of the five it owns.

According to the NTSB, no one was in the two seats immediately next to the partition that flew away. But according to passengers cited by the Portland daily, The Oregonian, a teenager sitting in this row had his shirt torn off by the decompression, causing minor injuries.

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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.

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