Jan 9, 2024 - Business

Boeing 737 Max 9 planes face more delays in flying again

A plastic sheet covers an area of the fuselage of the Alaska Airlines Flight 1282's Boeing 737-9 MAX on Jan. 8, 2024, in Portland, Ore. Photo: Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Getty Images

Revised inspection instructions mean it will take even longer before the Boeing 737 Max 9 planes are cleared to fly again after an emergency exit door flew off one of its aircrafts last week.

Driving the news: The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Tuesday that Boeing would be updating its instructions for inspections after receiving feedback on the initial set of instructions issued.

Details: The FAA said it will "conduct a thorough review" after Boeing submits the revised inspection instructions.

  • "The safety of the flying public, not speed, will determine the timeline for returning the Boeing 737-9 Max to service," the FAA said in its update.

The other side: Boeing CEO David Calhoun told employees on Tuesday that the company would first be "acknowledging our mistake" and that they would "approach it with 100% and complete transparency every step of the way," per the Wall Street Journal.

Catch up quick: Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 — a Boeing 737 Max 9 — returned to Portland International Airport shortly after takeoff this past Friday after a "plugged" emergency exit door flew off, exposing passengers to open air, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick reports.

  • The aircraft, however, landed safely without fatalities.
  • Over the weekend, the FAA ordered a "temporary grounding of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory."
  • The FAA then announced on Monday that the Boeing 737 Max 9s would remain grounded until "operators complete enhanced inspections."

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