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USA temporarily suspends Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft

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USA’s airline regulator ordered grounding of some Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft

The United States of America’s airline regulator on Saturday ordered the grounding of some Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft following an incident related to an Alaska Airlines flight on Friday where it had to make an emergency landing, carrying 177 passengers and crew in Portland.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) order, the FAA is requiring immediate inspections of certain Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes before they can return to flight, informed administrator Mike Whitaker. Safety will continue to drive our decision-making as we assist the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation into Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, the FAA statement said on Saturday.

The Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) requires operators to inspect affected aircraft before further flight. The required inspections will take around four to eight hours per aircraft. The EAD will affect approximately 171 aeroplanes worldwide, the FAA statement said further.

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