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Missing bolts were the culprit behind the Alaska Airlines blowout, preliminary investigation finds<!-- wp:html --><p>The National Transportation Safety Board said Alaska's 737 Max 9 plane left the Boeing factory without critical bolts.</p> <p class="copyright">NTSB via Getty Images</p> <p>The National Transportation Safety Board's published a preliminary report on Alaska Airlines' blowout Tuesday.The report said several bolts were missing from a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.businessinsider.com/alaska-airlines-boeing-flight-blowout-nstb-recovers-cellphones-door-plug-2024-1" rel="noopener">door plug that separated mid-flight</a>.  Bolts on the door weren't installed to begin with, the report said. </p> <p>Several bolts were missing from a door plug that blew out mid-flight from an <a target="_blank" href="https://www.businessinsider.com/alaska-airlines-boeing-flight-blowout-nstb-recovers-cellphones-door-plug-2024-1" rel="noopener">Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 plane</a> in January, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.</p> <p>Bolts that would have held the door in place weren't attached before the plane took off on January 5 — or before it was even delivered by Boeing, investigators said.</p> <p>The report sought to determine <a target="_blank" href="https://www.businessinsider.com/alaska-boeing-737-max-9-door-blowout-company-response-earnings-2024-1" rel="noopener">whether the bolts became dislodged during the incident</a> or if they were never there to begin with.</p> <p>This photo from the NTSB report shows the five locations of the damaged rivets (left) and a close-up of a damaged rivet (right).</p> <p class="copyright">Boeing via NTSB</p> <p>Seven passengers and one flight attendant sustained minor injuries during the incident.</p> <p>A full NTSB report is still in the works.</p> <p><em>This is a developing story. Check back for more information.</em></p> <div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/alaska-airlines-boeing-737-blowout-missing-bolts-ntsb-investigation-2024-2">Business Insider</a></div><!-- /wp:html -->

The National Transportation Safety Board said Alaska’s 737 Max 9 plane left the Boeing factory without critical bolts.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s published a preliminary report on Alaska Airlines’ blowout Tuesday.The report said several bolts were missing from a door plug that separated mid-flight.  Bolts on the door weren’t installed to begin with, the report said. 

Several bolts were missing from a door plug that blew out mid-flight from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 plane in January, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

Bolts that would have held the door in place weren’t attached before the plane took off on January 5 — or before it was even delivered by Boeing, investigators said.

The report sought to determine whether the bolts became dislodged during the incident or if they were never there to begin with.

This photo from the NTSB report shows the five locations of the damaged rivets (left) and a close-up of a damaged rivet (right).

Seven passengers and one flight attendant sustained minor injuries during the incident.

A full NTSB report is still in the works.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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