OAN’s Sophia Flores
2:30 PM – Monday, January 8, 2024
United Airlines has announced that it has discovered loose bolts on plug doors on multiple of its Boeing 737 Max 9 planes during its inspection. The inspections come following a door panel blowing out of a plane mid-flight.
Following Friday’s catastrophe, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all 171 Boeing 737-9 Max aircrafts. All of the jetliners were inspected for loose bolts. United Airlines announced on Monday, that during its inspections, they found some concerning results.
“Since we began preliminary inspections on Saturday, we have found instances that appear to relate to installation issues in the door plug — for example, bolts that needed additional tightening,” United said in a statement. “These findings will be remedied by our Tech Ops team to safely return the aircraft to service.”
Last week, Alaska Airlines flight 1282 made an emergency landing after a large section of the plane blew out mid-air. No one was injured, however, a young boy had to be held down so he wasn’t sucked out of the plane.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the particular plane had three prior pressurization issues between December 7th and January 4th.
The missing door plug was located near Portland, Oregon, in the backyard of a school teacher. It will be sent to a lab in Washington D.C. for further examination.
The Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft first took to the air in 2016. It can seat up to 220 passengers and has a range of 3,300 miles. Only two airlines, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, use the jet.
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