United Airlines found loose bolts, other issues on a key part of grounded Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliners

 

January 5, 2024



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — United Airlines said Monday it found loose bolts and other "installation issues" on a part of some Boeing 737 Max 9 jets that were inspected after a mid-flight blowout on a similar Alaska Airlines jet on Friday.

The inspections are focused on plugs used to seal an area set aside for extra emergency doors that are not required on United and Alaska Max 9s.

"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," Chicago-based Unit...



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