The US Federal Aviation Administration said it will request an inspection of 40 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft and will review data from those inspections before allowing the planes to resume their flights.
This announcement will postpone any resumption of flights until next week at the earliest.
The Federal Aviation Administration grounded 171 Max 9 planes last week after a cabin explosion forced an Alaska Airlines passenger plane to make an emergency landing.
Boeing shares fell 2.2% in yesterday’s session, Friday, to close at $217.7, compared to… 222.66 Dollars at last Thursday's session.
The stock lost 12.8% since the incident occurred – the Friday before last – until yesterday's close, causing Boeing's market capitalization to lose about $19.4 billion, according to Al Jazeera Net's calculations.
Earlier, the CEO of the American Boeing Company, Dave Calhoun, admitted that the company had made a mistake regarding the explosion incident, and told employees that the company would work with regulatory authorities to ensure “this does not happen again.”
Alaska Airlines and United Airlines found dismantled parts in similar aircraft, which raises fears that such an accident may be repeated.
It is noteworthy that the American company delivered 528 aircraft, while sources reported that its competitor Airbus will announce the delivery of 735 aircraft for the year 2023 this week.
Most notable Boeing MAX accidents
MAX aircraft officially entered service in 2017, and these are the most notable accidents:
On January 5, Alaska Airlines grounded all of its Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, hours after a rear part of the plane exploded, separating the emergency door plug of one of the planes and forcing it to make an emergency landing.
The flight, which was carrying 171 passengers and 6 crew members, returned safely to Portland, Oregon, USA, without any injuries.
Last December, Boeing instructed all its customers to inspect its 737 MAX aircraft for a possible loose screw.
The story began after periodic maintenance conducted by an international airline, which discovered a missing nut in the screw that connected the rudder control system during flight.
In March 2019, aviation authorities and sector companies in most parts of the world announced that Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were required to remain on the ground after two crashes of that type, and the ban continued until the end of 2021.
On March 10, 2019, the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max plane crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with 149 passengers on board, all of whom died.
In October 2018, a Lion Air plane of the same type crashed into the sea near Indonesia, carrying approximately 190 people, none of whom survived, according to local authorities.
Investigators said at the time that the Lion Air pilots appeared to be struggling with an automatic system designed to prevent the plane from stalling, a new feature for the Boeing 737 MAX model.
The results of the investigation indicated that the anti-stall system led to the nose of the plane lowering, despite the efforts of the pilots to correct this.