Following reports that a panel on an Alaska Airlines carriers flight seemed to have detached in midair, the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Saturday that it will temporarily halt a number of Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft operated by American carriers.

According to the FAA, it will also take down 737 Max 9 aircraft that are used within US airspace. According to the FAA, the directive will impact around 171 out of the 218 aircraft in the globe overall.

FAA on Alaska Airlines

According to FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker, “The FAA is requiring immediate inspections of certain Boeing 737 Max 9 planes before they can return to flight.” “As we back the [National Transportation Safety Board] investigation into Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, safety will continue to be the primary consideration in all of our decision-making.”

The Alaska Airlines aircraft made a safe turn and landed back at Portland International Airport on Saturday night without any major casualties being recorded.

The decision to stop all 737 Max 9 aircraft was made because to “a report of an in-flight departure of a mid cabin doorplug, which resulted in a rapid decompression of the airplane,” according to a directive from the FAA, citing the Alaska Airlines incident.

According to the agency, there are risky situations in another aircraft of the same model that might result in a similar scenario and lead to “injury to passengers and crew, the door impacting the airplane, and/or loss of control of the airplane.” This is why it is issuing this order.

Boeing declared its support for the FAA’s ruling.

“The company released a statement saying, “Safety is our first priority and we sincerely regret the impact this event has had on our customers and their passengers.” “We concur and fully support the FAA’s decision to require urgent inspections of 737-9 aircraft that are identical in configuration to the concerned aircraft.”

According to the statement, a technical team from Boeing is assisting the NTSB with its inquiry.

Boeing said, “We will maintain close communication with our regulator and customers.”

All 65 of Alaska Airlines’ 737 Max 9 aircraft were temporarily grounded on Saturday in order to conduct maintenance and safety checks. It added that 25% of the checks were finished “with no concerning findings,” and that as of Saturday, 18 aircraft have been given the all-clear to resume flying. It is anticipated that the remaining aircraft checks will be finished in the coming days.

Inspection Order

In order to do an inspection, United momentarily ceased operations on a few Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft. The anticipated number of cancellations due to the removal is sixty.

Copa Airlines, based in Panama, announced that it was following the directive and would be temporarily ceasing operations on the aircraft.

“A loud pop.”

Shortly after takeoff, flight 1282, which was headed for Ontario International Airport in San Bernardino County, California, made a U-turn and returned to Portland, Oregon.

The Alaska Airlines aircraft was brought back to the airport, according to the FAA, “after the crew reported a pressurization issue.”

The flight departed Portland at 5:07 p.m. and returned to Portland at 5:27 p.m., according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

It’s unclear how and when the panel separated from the passenger plane.

The aircraft was carrying six staff members in addition to 174 passengers, according to Alaska Airlines, which first referred to the event as a “incident.” A passenger’s photo from the aircraft revealed a whole panel missing from the side of the fuselage adjacent to a row of seats.

Kyle Rinker posted a photo of the inside of the plane on the social media platform X along with the caption, “When the plane’s wall just breaks off mid-flight.”

The event occurred around 20 minutes after the jet took off from Portland’s airport, according to NBC station KGW in Portland, Oregon, where a passenger on the aircraft identified herself only as Elizabeth.

Alaska Airlines

Up until suddenly, everything was going smoothly until we heard a big explosion! or boom-like,” she said. “And I notice that the air masks have popped down and are, like, out.”

In a phone conversation, she said to the station, “And I looked to my left, and there’s just this huge gaping hole, on the left side where the window is.” She claimed that there was a lot of wind noise.

She said that everyone was buckled up and that everyone maintained their composure.

Although this kind of occurrence is rare, Alaska’s flight crew has the training and preparation needed to manage the situation well, the airline stated in a statement. The security of both our visitors and staff is our first concern at all times.”

As said on X on Saturday am, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has “been briefed on last night’s incident and remain[s] in close contact with FAA on the response.”


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