Alaska Airlines decision not to ground Boeing jet comes under scrutiny

09/01/2024

Expert scrutiny comes in the wake of new information that the plane was intentionally not being used for flights to Hawaii.

Multiple aviation experts have questioned why a Boeing jetliner that suffered an inflight blowout over Oregon was flying at all after warning lights were triggered on three previous flights.

Expert scrutiny comes in the wake of new information that the plane was intentionally not being used for flights to Hawaii.

Alaska Airlines decided to restrict the aircraft from long flights over water so the plane “could return very quickly to an airport” if the warning light reappeared, Jennifer Homendy, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said on Sunday.

Ms Homendy said the pressurisation light might be unrelated to Friday’s incident in which a plug covering an unused exit door blew off the Boeing 737 Max 9 as it cruised about three miles over Oregon.

Friday’s flight was headed from Oregon to Southern California and made it back to Portland without serious injury to any of the 171 passengers and six crew members.

But the decision to allow it to fly over land in the first place struck some aviation experts as illogical.

Published: by Radio NewsHub



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