to updateUnited Airlines found loose bolts during an inspection of several of its Boeing 737 Max 9 planes. This was also the type of Alaska Airlines plane that lost part of its side during a flight from Oregon to California on Friday. This company now also reports that it has found “poorly connected equipment” in some aircraft of the same type.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has grounded dozens of aircraft of this type since Saturday after an accident that occurred with a Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft belonging to Alaska Airlines. A panel in the plane's fuselage came off during mid-flight on Friday. The plane, with 171 passengers and six crew members on board, was at an altitude of 5,000 meters at the time. No one is hurt.
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Boeing then asked all airlines to inspect these planes.
United Airlines said Monday it had found loose bolts on several of its planes. They had to be detained, according to a press release. According to the specialized website “The Air Current”, loose screws were found on at least five of the company's aircraft. The company has 79 aircraft of this type in its fleet, making it the largest operator of this type of Boeing aircraft.
“Poorly installed equipment”
Alaska Airlines now says initial inspections found “poorly secured equipment,” without specifying what it was. The company said the defects were found in “some aircraft.”
Turkish Airlines, Copa Airlines (Panama) and Aeromexico also grounded Boeing 737 Max planes.
Boeing suffered a sharp loss on US stock exchanges on Monday.
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