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The FAA recommends the inspection of aircraft similar to the Boeing 737 MAX 9

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The Boeing 737-900ER can have the same locked doors as the 737 MAX 9. (Archive photo)

Agence France- Press

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recommended that airlines inspect their Boeing 737s for obstructed doors. 900ER after an incident in early January on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9.

Companies are encouraged to conduct visual inspections to ensure that these obstructed doors do not present defects, the FAA said Sunday evening in a bulletin of security.

The Boeing 737-900ER is an older model than the MAX family, but approximately 380 of the 539 delivered have the same configuration as 171 of the 218 MAX 9s manufactured to date: one door was boarded up when the number of The existing emergency exits were sufficient given the number of seats in the aircraft.

These are the four attachment points of these doors- plugs on the fuselage of these two models that airlines must check.

We fully support the FAA and our customers in this action, Boeing commented Monday .

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The FAA's announcement follows the incident that occurred on January 5 during an Alaska Airlines flight during which a cap holder came loose from the cabin of the aircraft. x27;a Boeing 737 MAX 9 flying from Portland, Oregon to Ontario, California.

In the process, the regulatory agency ordered the 171 MAX 9s with this configuration to be kept on the ground in the United States. They will only resume service when there is no longer any doubt about safety, she said.

The FAA and the United States Transportation Safety Agency (NTSB) have each opened an investigation. The FAA is particularly looking into a possible failure in the aircraft manufacturer's quality controls.

The vast majority of Boeing 737-900ERs was handed over to American companies – in particular Delta, United and Alaska –, the last aircraft having been delivered in 2019. The model entered circulation seventeen years ago.

According to an aviation source, United has 136 aircraft in the affected configuration. Contacted by AFP on Monday, Delta and Alaska did not immediately react.

We have started inspections Boeing 737-900ER operations last week and we anticipate they will be completed in the coming days without causing any disruption to our customers, United said.

Boeing shares fell 0.56% around 11:15 a.m. Monday morning on the New York Stock Exchange.

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