The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it had opened an investigation into whether Boeing failed to ensure that its 737 Max 9 plane was safe and conformed to the design approved by the agency.
The FAA said the investigation arose from the loss of a fuselage panel of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 plane on Friday shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon, leaving a hole in the side of the passenger cabin. The plane returned to Portland to make an emergency landing.
“This incident should never have happened and cannot happen again,” the agency said.
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