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The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has ordered that some 737 MAX 9 aircraft must remain on the ground. This concerns aircraft on US soil and aircraft of US airlines.
An Alaska Airlines plane of this type was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday after losing part of its body about 35 minutes after take-off.
The aviation authority wants to inspect the plane before flying. The inspection takes four to eight hours and affects 171 aircraft around the world.
One of the passengers on the plane filmed the incident. See photos here:
The passenger plane was en route from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California. All passengers were able to leave the plane safely after it landed. Alaska Airlines decided earlier today to conduct additional checks on its aircraft.
One passenger told the New York Times that the noise woke her up during the flight. The woman told the American newspaper: “I opened my eyes and saw an oxygen mask in front of me.” “I looked to the left and saw that the wall on the side of the machine was gone. My first thought was: 'I'm going to die.'”
She says the cabin crew shouted instructions, but they were inaudible due to the wind noise on board.
The Boeing 737 Max has a long list of safety issues. In 2019, the planes were grounded for a year and a half after two fatal accidents that left 346 victims dead.
As far as we know, Corendon is the only company that owns two devices of this type in the Netherlands. Earlier today, a company spokesman said that the company had not yet grounded the plane. The Dutch regulatory body, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, is awaiting an investigation from the FAA.
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