United Airlines detects loose bolts in Boeing 737 Max 9 door plugs

United Airlines detects loose bolts in Boeing 737 Max 9 door plugs

UNITED Airlines, a major American airline, was forced to ground its Boeing 737 Max 9 fleet after a door plug blew out in the middle of an Alaska Airlines flight on Friday when the aircraft was flying at around 16,000 feet.

The incident led to an immediate emergency landing in Portland, Oregon, where the flight originated.

171 passengers suffered injuries.

According to initial findings by the firm, preliminary inspections found installation issues in the door plug, including bolts that were not secured.

“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,” statement of United Airlines.

Majority of Boeing 737 Max 9 are operated by Alaska and the United Airlines.

The said fleet of aircraft will remain grounded until enhanced inspections are completed by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Meanwhile, the grounding of the said model of aircraft led to shares of Boeing plummeting 8% on Monday.

 

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