WASHINGTON- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is insisting that Boeing furnish additional data before granting approval for a thorough and meticulous inspection and maintenance procedure to reinstate the 737 MAX-9 aircraft into service.
FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized, “We are committed to preventing a recurrence of such incidents. The paramount concern is the safety of American travelers, and the Boeing 737-9 MAX will not be cleared for flight until we are completely assured of its safety.”
FAA Grounded Boeing 737 MAX
Upon scrutinizing Boeing’s proposed inspection and maintenance guidelines, the FAA concluded that additional data was necessary before granting approval. Consequently, the FAA is mandating plug-door inspections for 40 aircraft.
While the FAA acknowledges the comprehensive nature of Boeing’s instructions for inspections and maintenance, the agency remains steadfast in ensuring the highest safety standards.
Approval for the inspection and maintenance process will only be granted after a thorough review of data obtained from the initial round of 40 inspections.
Following a comprehensive examination of the data, the FAA will assess whether the provided instructions meet the highest safety standards.
If the FAA grants approval for Boeing’s inspection and maintenance guidelines, operators will be mandated to execute this regimen on every aircraft before returning it to service.
171 Planes to Stay in Hangar
On January 6, the FAA took immediate and decisive action to ground approximately 171 Boeing 737 9 MAX planes after an incident where an aircraft lost a mid-cabin exit door plug during flight.
Simultaneously, the FAA escalated its supervision of Boeing’s production and manufacturing processes.
Additionally, the agency initiated an investigation to ascertain whether Boeing ensured that the finished products adhered to the approved design and were in a condition suitable for safe operation in accordance with FAA regulations.
The FAA will continue to collaborate with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its investigation into Alaska Airlines (AS) Flight 1282.
The NTSB holds authority over the investigation and will provide any updates.
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