Alaska Airlines to Conduct Inspections on Boeing 737-9 Aircraft Following Boeing’s MOM Issuance

Alaska Airlines (Boeing 737 MAX)

Alaska Airlines announced at 10 a.m. local time on January 8 that Boeing issued a Multi-Operator Message (MOM) detailing the inspection of the Boeing 737-9 aircraft (Boeing 737 MAX 9).

At approximately 5 p.m. local time on January 5, Alaska Airlines flight 1282 from Portland to Ontario, operated with a Boeing 737-9 aircraft (registration number: N704AL), encountered an incident wherein parts of the emergency exit ‘plug door’ on the left rear side of the aircraft and some interior components came loose and the flight returned to Portland. There were 171 passengers and 6 crew members on board, totaling 177 individuals, some of whom sustained injuries requiring medical examination. All passengers were medically assessed. This aircraft was delivered on October 31.

The MOM has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will require Alaska Airlines to create inspection procedures and processes that their engineers must follow, in addition to future operational inspection processes to be approved by the FAA.

Providing information related to the aircraft and its maintenance requires authorization from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). On January 8, about 140 flights were canceled.

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