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FAA Grounds 171 Boeing 737 MAX 9s After Mid-Air Alaska Airlines Incident Raises Safety Concerns

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On January 5, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 suffered a mid-air incident that sent shockwaves through the aviation industry. Shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon (PDX), on its way to Ontario, California (ONT), a section of the fuselage, including a window, blew out, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing back in its origin city. Thankfully, all 177 passengers and crew onboard were unharmed (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 8
If this doesn‘t scare people into wearing a seat belt when seated, nothing will.
nemosteve1080i
nemosteve1080i 3
Who remembers UA811? That 747-200 survived cargo door failure and skin peel somewhere over the South Pacific after departing HNL. I was on the ramp in HNL when it made a successful landing. Yes, there was some loss of life from the explosive decompression.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 1
And then there was Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a Boeing 737 that lost a large section of the upper forward fuselage and still made a safe landing. The only fatality was a flight attendant that got sucked out during the violent decompression.
speedbird9
Marty Martino 4
A 20 year old 737-200 with approx 45,000 flight cycles on it against a 2 month old 737 Max 9 with less..
linbb
linbb 2
Well the web site shown is a scare all dumb one for sure not much worthwhile news but yapping about old news that has been taken care of. But a two bit site is there full of plenty worthless comments.
linbb
linbb 2
Not much in that web site really about the current problem but dredging up old outdated news about items that were taken care of but they felt had to be added to fill out there poor quality reporting on the current problem.
ToddBaldwin3
ToddBaldwin3 3
That’s what Aeroxplorer does. They do no original reporting, merely regarding other publications stories. If you look at the posters history, the only thing he posts are from Aeroxplorer, no surprise since he is one of their writers.
AABABY
AABABY 1
I recall that in the dim past, all commercial aircraft were first flown on a test/ evaluation process by the military. Too bad that program was dropped.
yarnoca1
John Yarno 1
I don't understand what happened. Did the bolts fail, were they not in place, Was this actually a Boeing failure? Was the locking mechanism insufficient, did the safety method fail?
patpylot
patrick baker 1
well, the 737 was built pretty tough to survive a blow out in the window. Whether that was skill or blind luck will be revealed in the aftermath inspections.
ColinSeftel
Colin Seftel 4
It was luck - first the altitude was only 16,000 not 30,000 and second the door plug missed the horizontal stabilizer.
boughbw
boughbw 2
While it may be true that it was luck causing the stabilizer to be missed by the door, all modern airliners are designed to perform safely in the event of explosive decompression like this. You may also recall that Southwest flight that had an uncontained engine failure break one of the passenger windows and suck a passenger halfway out. That was at cruising altitude and the 737 performed just fine.

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