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Boeing 737 Max again, it would be nice if the windows stayed in!

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Gyro:
'My God, it's full of stars'

Alaska Airlines has grounded its fleet of 737 Max 9s after a cabin window and part of the fuselage blew out at a mere 16000ft! I shudder to think what it would have been like at 30000 ft, as it was, a kid lost the shirt he was wearing. Luckily there was nobody in the window seat, which had its cushion stripped off...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-67899564


Not a S/W problem this time, unless maybe you include CAD, but a hell of a QA failure!


Edit: I missed the one on 29th December where a rudder control system bolt was found with no nut on it - Airlines were asked to inspect to see if their bolts were loose "Out of an abundance of caution..." Hmm.

Andy Chee:
When they developed the original 737 airframe into the MAX airframe, I don't think windows were changed were they?

In other words, this problem potentially affects all 737s, not just the MAX.  That's assuming it's indeed a design flaw, as opposed to lax maintenance.

Gyro:
Looking at it further, it appears that that window was part of a 'factory deactivated' emergency exit which has a row of seats in front of it on the Alaska Airlines stock. It looks as if it would have facilitated in-flight exit without touching the sides!

Altitude ceiling is specified at 41000ft, so it was really low when it happened. I though all plane exits were inward opening before swinging?  :-\

NiHaoMike:

--- Quote from: Andy Chee on January 06, 2024, 01:39:29 pm ---In other words, this problem potentially affects all 737s, not just the MAX.  That's assuming it's indeed a design flaw, as opposed to lax maintenance.

--- End quote ---
Alaska Airlines was infamous for bad maintenance, the crash of Flight 261 inspired the movie Flight.

themadhippy:

--- Quote ---Not a S/W problem this time
--- End quote ---
even though it sounds like a bad windows installation

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