Local flights not affected by grounding of Max 9s

| 09/01/2024 | 16 Comments
Alaska Airlines Boeing MAX 9 aircraft

(CNS): The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) has confirmed that there are no Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft on the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry and there are no scheduled airline carriers operating the aircraft into this jurisdiction. The Cayman Airways international fleet comprises 737 Max 8 aircraft and the airline has no Max 9s. The CAACI said it would continue to monitor developments after it received the Federal Aviation Authority’s directive at the weekend.

The directive prohibits the flight of the Max 9s until they have all been inspected and appropriate action taken. It comes as a result of an Alaska Airways flight losing a mid-cabin door just after take-off from Portland, Oregon, last week, which resulted in a rapid decompression of the plane. Six crewmembers and 171 passengers were on board, but no one was seriously injured during the emergency landing.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Alaska Airlines and United Airlines , the other major U.S. carrier that operates 737 MAX 9 planes with that configuration, said they have found loose parts on multiple grounded aircraft during preliminary checks, raising new concerns about how Boeing’s best-selling jet family is manufactured.

    The two carriers have canceled hundreds of flights since last Saturday with the MAX 9 planes grounded.

    Earlier this week, Boing CEO Dave Calhoun acknowledged errors by the planemaker as more than 170 jets remained grounded, telling staff the company would ensure an accident like the mid-air Alaska Airlines panel blowout ‘can never happen again.’

  2. Anonymous says:

    Boeing is said to have corrected the problem by installing 5 point safety harnesses at all seats in aisles with a door. Problem solved.

  3. Anonymous says:

    CAL should cancel the Panama flights. They are mainly carrying the middle aged men teen abusers who can’t get to Cuba now to go after the young girl and boys too there. mostly Caymanian too. shameful and come home to brag

    • Anonymous says:

      Projecting? Time to get some new friends. Plenty of business value in this corridor. Research Tocumen airport stats and see where that airport gets to…more international arrivals and departures than MIA.

  4. Anonymous says:

    ⚡️Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has acknowledged design faults that resulted in a large piece of fuselage from a Boeing 737 Max-9 breaking off soon after takeoff last Friday. Several of the company’s major clients have since pointed to Boeing’s long-standing “quality control problems.”

    Addressing employees during a meeting at Boeing’s 737 factory outside Seattle on Tuesday, CEO Dave Calhoun said: “We’re going to approach this, number one, acknowledging our mistake.” He also promised “100% and complete transparency every step of the way.”

    It is not just quality control. Boeing has multiple engineering problems.
    🔩Loose bolts have nothing to do with quality.
    🔩These bolts passed QC, but got lose afterwards,because the design itself was faulty, like the design of MCAS.
    The company is going down …

    • Anonymous says:

      In order for any bolts to work, they need to be in the holes designed for them, and then torqued to spec. That’s what the missing rigour was in this situation.

    • Anonymous says:

      It wasn’t “a large piece of fuselage” that broke off. It was a door plug… a huge difference. The fuselage remained completely intact.

  5. Yeah, Max 8's are totally safe! says:

    Yeah, we should all feel safe because Cayman Airways only uses Max 8’s! LOL!

    Combine the very recent history of Boeing’s Max 8 with the recent horrifying Max 9 incident and you’ll have plenty of reason to either fly only Airbuses or just stay here in Cayman!

    • Anonymous says:

      National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy warned on Monday that her agency may broaden the probe, which would potentially entail deeper scrutiny for Boeing and its manufacturing processes.

      Commenting on last week’s incident, Emirates’ chief Tim Clark said Boeing has “had quality control problems for a long time now, and this is just another manifestation of that.”

      Everything points to bad designs and lack of engineering discipline.

      Boing had 13 years to correct an obvious design flaw but chose to ignore it to increase profit margins and sales. Boing should be held criminally liable for reckless endangerment for EVERY one of these planes they sold

  6. Anonymous says:

    It needn’t bother the locals here. I spotted a rental Honda Fit the other day by Kings, driver’s door was damaged so wouldn’t close. The driver had an arm through the opened window and was keeping the door closed by holding it from the outside.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Emergency at 3 miles high: Alaska Airlines pilots, passengers kept calm after fuselage blowout.


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