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Boeing uncovers new issue with Boeing Max planes

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Boeing has encountered yet another challenge related to its 737 Max aircraft series.

This latest issue involves mis-drilled holes in the fuselages of the planes and has the potential to delay the delivery of approximately 50 aircraft, marking another quality concern for the company.

Stan Deal, the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, addressed the matter in a letter to Boeing employees.

He revealed that the problem had been identified by the company’s subcontractor, Spirit AeroSystems, located in Wichita, Kansas.

According to Deal, while this issue does not pose an immediate safety risk, it necessitates rework on about 50 undelivered planes.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator-in-Charge John Lovell examines the fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 MAX, which was forced to make an emergency landing with a gap in the fuselage, in Portland, Oregon, U.S. January 7, 2024. NTSB/Handout via REUTERS

Two holes

The problem came to light when an employee at Spirit AeroSystems alerted their manager to potential irregularities in the drilling of two holes, according to Deal’s statement.

This development places both Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems under increased scrutiny concerning the quality of their work. It follows an incident involving an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 on January 5th, when a panel known as a door plug blew out of the aircraft shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon.

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the incident, while the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing whether Boeing and its suppliers adhered to proper quality-control procedures.

Assembly line

Notably, Spirit AeroSystems was the manufacturer of the failed door plug in the Alaska Airlines incident.

The aircraft involved had recently rolled off the assembly line just weeks before the incident occurred.

Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, the only two U.S. carriers operating the Max 9 model, reported discovering loose hardware in door plugs of other planes they inspected following the blowout incident.

Consequently, the FAA temporarily grounded all Max 9 aircraft in the U.S. a day after the event.

Two weeks later, the agency approved an inspection and maintenance process to allow the planes to resume flights. Both Alaska Airlines and United Airlines have started reintroducing some Max 9 aircraft into service.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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