The Strategist

US, EU suspend Boeing 737 MAX 9 operations after detached hatch incident

01/08/2024 - 04:55

All Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircrafts were grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States after one of the machines landed with its hatch torn off.

Steve Knight
Steve Knight
FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker stated, "The FAA requires immediate inspection of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplanes before they can return to flight." According to the government, the rule will impact around 171 aircraft globally, and it will require four to eight hours to check each one.

The FAA made the decision to cease aircraft operations following an incident with Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 9 that had its emergency exit door ripped off upon landing at the departure airport.

The event happened on the evening of January 5–6. There were six crew members and 171 passengers on board traveling from Portland to Ontario. Witnesses said that the hatch came off as soon as the jet gained altitude. The incident resulted in no injuries.

The FAA's directive was accepted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which mandated a temporary stop to operations for the Boeing 737 MAX 9. The authority also pointed out that no nation in the EU presently owns or operates aircraft of this type.