FAA Orders Temporary Suspension of Boeing 737-9 Operations

Boeing 737 MAX 9

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive ordering the temporary suspension of operations for Boeing 737-9 aircraft (Boeing 737 MAX 9).

The directive follows an incident at approximately 5 p.m. local time on January 5, when Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 (Boeing 737-9 model, aircraft registration: N704AL), flying from Portland to Ontario, experienced a part of its left-side cabin detaching during flight, prompting a return to Portland.

The directive applies to American airlines and aircraft operating within the territory of the United States, and calls for inspections to be conducted before flights can resume. The necessary inspections are estimated to take about 4-8 hours per aircraft, and the directive is expected to affect approximately 171 aircraft worldwide.

Boeing released a statement saying, “Safety is our top priority, and we deeply regret the impact this incident has had on our customers and their passengers. Our technical team is supporting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of last night’s incident. We will continue to keep our lines of communication open with the regulatory authorities and our customers.”

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