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Explainer – How did the panel break that blew off Alaska Airlines flight?

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Investigators are assessing a piece of fuselage that came off an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 jet shortly after it took off from Portland, Oregon.

The missing panel is a plug that is installed on some 737 MAX 9s in place of an additional emergency exit.

As a result, regulators have grounded 171 planes so that airlines can conduct inspections of those crafts.

Some airlines have already discovered that the bolts used to secure the panel were loosened. Here is an explanation of that panel.

Alaska Airlines CEO ‘anxious’ for Boeing 737 MAX 10 deliveries …

What we know

As Alaska Air Flight 1282 reached just over 16,000 feet, the panel tore off from the side of the jet, leaving a rectangular hole the size of a refrigerator in the aircraft.

The door plug was discovered by a Portland school teacher who found it in his backyard.

It’s led to a major investigation, as other airlines began to ground the aircraft type.

Who makes this panel?

The fuselage for the Boeing 737 is manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems, a Kansas-based company that separated from Boeing in 2005.

Spirit is one of two suppliers that make the plug doors on the MAX 9, but Boeing also plays a critical role in the plug installation process.

Boeing has come under scrutiny in recent years over its manufacturing processes.

Why is this panel there?

The 737 MAX 9 is currently Boeing’s largest single-aisle aircraft, capable of seating up to 220 people.

It includes an optional extra door to allow for the approved number of evacuation paths whenever carriers choose to install the maximum number of seats.

Planes that do not opt for additional seating can replace that door with a panel, or plug.

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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Snap elections shake Macron’s government

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What lies ahead for the French government?

Euro Bloch is a comprehensive program designed to highlight the breadth of topics and issues within the EU political landscape. It offers insightful analysis within the evolving framework of relations between the European Union and Australia/Asia-Pacific region.

Hosted by Ticker EU correspondent, Natanael Bloch.

In this episode, Natanael sits down with Ahron Young to discuss the latest developments following the recent French snap elections. #euro bloch #trending

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Netflix expands use of ads despite slow subscriber growth

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Netflix is intensifying its efforts to introduce an ad-supported tier amidst a plateau in subscriber growth.

The streaming giant hopes to attract new users and boost revenue by offering a cheaper alternative that includes advertisements.

This move marks a significant shift from its traditional ad-free model, reflecting Netflix’s response to competitive pressures and evolving consumer preferences.

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President Biden tests positive to COVID, in wake of rising election tensions

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The calls for President Joe Biden to drop out of the election race continue to mount, just as the president tests positive for COVID19.

Election tensions heat up and The Republican National Convention continues – the night all about Trump’s VP pick JD Vance, as the campaign’s boss defends the secret service, and says Trump will continue with his rallies. #featured #trending

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