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Boeing faces new questions about the 737 Max after plane suffers a gaping hole in its side

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Terrifying. I fly this airline. Hopefully there will be a clear answer as to what happened.

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Jacques MestrezToday 06:59 am JST

B737 Max the new Liberty ship ?

So produced prolifically and outlasting their expected lifespan? I could see that.

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Hours flown are not a reliable measure of air worthiness - it is the take off and landing cycles, which as a regional jet is the niche market of the 737 (reference this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha_Airlines_Flight_243). Think of inflating and deflating a balloon multiple times. But this occurred on a new aircraft. Clearly, something is amiss.

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This has happened at a time when Boeing have asked the FAA to exempt the 737 Max 7 from having to pass certain safety regulations. They want it exempt (as they can't fix the faults), so that they can get it into the sky....

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Flying turkey.

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My dog, how many more times does this have to happen. There were 174 terrified passengers on that flight which could have easily ended in a tragic disaster. I have read too many reports about Boeing making short cuts in design and servicing, and they mostly started when they took over McDonald Douglas, and then fired most of the original Boeing staff. That is not a coincidence. Right now, who in their right mind would fly on any Boeing airplane?

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Sounds like there is something wrong with the manufacture or the maintenance of the planes to me.

Sort it out and don’t make flying dangerous.

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The company blamed two relatively low-level employees for deceiving the Federal Aviation Administration about flaws in the flight-control system.

Why would low level employees lie about critical flaws in a critical system?

And how can they?

Shouldn't high level employees be the ones responsible for making sure there are no flaws in such a system?

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The failure on this occasions was in what is called a "Door Plug" The 737-9 has provisions for additional emergency exits depending on the seating arrangement chosen by the customer. In this case Alaska Airlines chose not to have a row of emergency exit seats in that position so instead of a door at that location there was a panel with a window called a Door Plug. Its installation was apparently defective. The aircraft was new, having entered service in October 2023 and had 150 flights (more flights than days since it entered service, regional airliners have a hard life). The FAA is grounding all of the 737-9s built with door plugs until the door plug can be inspected for integrity.

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There use be a saying made in China don,t buy, Now it is made in the USA don,t buy. And you think they build crap plans they also build crap cars.

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John-SanToday 05:59 am JST

There use be a saying made in China don,t buy, Now it is made in the USA don,t buy. And you think they build crap plans they also build crap cars.

So tomorrow when Boeing's stock is not zero'd out I assume you will be eating those words. And the US is a knowledge economy, so it doesn't matter what countries buying China trash have to say.

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Blame that on China because stealing tech, the trust is US companies making poor mediocre products.

See that products while in flying, anyway you can see star light directly.

https://www.tiktok.com/@jackmacbarstool/video/7320858131955862815

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The failure on this occasions was in what is called a "Door Plug"

Reuters reports that this is produced by Spirit Aero, but commissioned in its final configuration by boeing, making it very difficult to pin down responsibility for failure, IMHO Muilenburg all over again.

Likely an accountant decision, and (sarc) a team of accountants would have been sent to investigate.

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anyway you can see star light directly.

Haha, Ryanair would have charged the passengers in that row extra for the 'view'.

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That's a killer plane. Literally. It killed over 300 persons and will kill more.....

Is what I wrote on 31st December right here, on Japantoday.

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Boeing faces new questions about the 737 Max after plane suffers a gaping hole in its side

Not a single question was raised in this article. What questions is Boeing facing??

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It's a death trap.

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ebisenToday 10:06 am JST

That's a killer plane. Literally. It killed over 300 persons and will kill more.....

Is what I wrote on 31st December right here, on Japantoday.

And it made no sense then either. It has been four years without a major injury and still going. When planes go down they generally take everybody on board with them...

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It could be related to proper maintenance care of the plane on the ground.

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Not a single question was raised in this article. What questions is Boeing facing??

...pretty certain there will be a barrage of questions tgat will come Boeing's way, that is the imputation of the title.

Personally, as a travelling public, I want to know if there are 'criminal negligence' charges coming. IMHO, you can't put the public in danger with impunity, and personally I would hate for Boeing to go down because I hate flying on airbus, especially A380, A350, I would much prefer Dreamliner. For short distance, I prefer the max over the neo also. Could just be me but I feel many pilots ascend too fast when they're flying airbus'es.

On the other hand, there's a very simple solution here, Boeing should buy back Spirit so that accountability will be in house, that's one way of saying to the public 'our own skin is in the game'.

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Boeing 737 MAX is the DEATH PLANE. Why are airlines like American Airlines or Alaska Airlines even flying such a cheap tacky plane?

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VillanovaToday 04:46 am JST

Boeing 737 MAX is the DEATH PLANE. Why are airlines like American Airlines or Alaska Airlines even flying such a cheap tacky plane?

Because your statement that it is a death plane or a cheap plane is complete nonsense? SMH that you actually think everything should be Airbus.

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