US FAA requiring inspections before some Boeing 737 MAX 9 flights can resume

It is not clear if the FAA directive will mirror the Alaska inspections. Alaska cancelled about 100 flights on Saturday, or 13 per cent of scheduled operations, according to FlightAware.

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson said the union “supports the FAA’s quick and decisive action to ground certain 737 MAX 9 Fleet that do not meet the inspection cycles specified in the Emergency Airworthiness Directive. This is a critical move to ensure the safety of all crew and passengers, as well as confidence in aviation safety”.

Senator JD Vance, a Republican on the committee that overseas the FAA, said “the FAA has assured me the 737-MAX is safe – last night’s near catastrophe calls that determination into question”.

He added every American deserves a full explanation from Boeing and the FAA on what has gone wrong and on the steps that are being taken to ensure another incident does not occur in the future.

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