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FAA Launches Formal Investigation Into Boeing Post-In-Flight Door Blowout on Alaska Airlines’ 737 Max 9

The FAA announced its investigation and published its Jan. 10 letter to The Boeing Company this afternoon.

(Washington, D.C.) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this afternoon announced that it has formally notified Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) that it is conducting an investigation to determine whether Boeing “failed to ensure completed products conformed to its approved design and were in condition for safe operation with FAA regulations,” as a result of the incident this past Friday, Jan 5th in which a Boeing Model 737-9 MAX lost a “plug” type passenger door mid-flight and additional discrepancies.

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Photo courtesy of The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) via Accuweather: Investigation involving Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on a Boeing 737-9 MAX in Portland, Oregon.

“This incident should have never happened and it cannot happen again,” read the FAA’s statement. “The safety of the flying public, not speed, will determine the timeline for returning the Boeing 737-9 Max to service.”

In response, Boeing issued a statement on its website saying that the company will "cooperate fully and transparently with the FAA and the NTSB on their investigations.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is leading the accident investigation, is focusing on why the door blew out during Alaska Airlines Flight 1282. There were no serious injuries, and no passengers were seated directly next to the panel that blew off.

Boeing’s statement included excerpts from President and CEO Dave Calhoun speaking at an all-employee safety meeting on January 9th: “We’re going to approach it with 100% complete transparency every step of the way,” Calhoun said.