In light of the door plug failure and subsequent grounding of the Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft type, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration has recommended that operators of the older 737-900ER conduct similar checks.
In a statement, the safety body said: “As an added layer of safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recommending that operators of Boeing 737-900ER aircraft visually inspect mid-exit door plugs to ensure the door is properly secured. The Boeing 737-900ER is not part of the newer MAX fleet but has the same door plug design”.
“In accordance with their Safety Management Systems, operators conducted additional inspections on the Boeing 737-900ER following the loss of a mid-cabin door plug on a Boeing 737-9 MAX airplane on January 5th”.
The action comes days after the FAA announced that it is going to inspect and audit the production facility at Boeing, as well as those of it’s suppliers.