Jan 8, 2024

Boeing 737 Max 9: United Airlines finds loose bolts during inspections

Bolts in need of "Additional tightening" have been found during inspections of Boeing 737 Max 9s, United Airlines has said. Inspections began after a section of the fuselage fell from an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 on Friday. In its statement, United said: "Since we began preliminary inspections on Saturday, we have found instances that appear to relate to installation issues in the door plug - for example, bolts that needed additional tightening." The vast majority of Boeing 737 Max 9s used in the US are operated by United Airlines and Alaska, while Turkish Airlines, Panama's Copa Airlines and Aeromexico have also grounded jets of the same model for inspections. Alaska Airlines said in its most recent statement: "While we await the airworthiness directive inspection criteria from the FAA and Boeing, our maintenance teams are prepared and ready to perform the required inspections of the mid exit door plugs on our 737-9 Max fleet."The 737-9 Max grounding has significantly impacted our operation.

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