The Chief Executive Officer of Boeing has taken responsibility for an aircraft manufacture fault following a door blow-out on one of its planes shortly after takeoff in the United States.
Fortunately, no one was hurt when the main cabin door of an Alaska Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon, broke loose on Friday.
Since the incident, 171 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes have been grounded in the United States.
Boeing’s CEO, Dave Calhoun, declared on Tuesday that the corporation was “acknowledging our mistake.”
The door “plug” that fell out of the plane weighed 27 kg (60 lb) and was intended to block an emergency exit that was put within the plane but was not required by Alaska Airlines.
The missing section of the aircraft was discovered in a Portland teacher’s backyard garden, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board.
Investigators also discovered that the airline limited the aircraft after getting pressurization warnings in the days leading up to the catastrophe.
Mr. Calhoun told Boeing employees, “We’re going to approach this number one acknowledging our mistake.” We’ll tackle it with complete and total transparency every step of the way.”
He reassured the personnel that the organization will collaborate with the NTSB to determine the cause of the tragedy.
He went on to say, “They will get to a conclusion… the Federal Aviation Authority who has to now deal with airline customers who want aircraft back in service safely and to ensure all the procedures are put into place, inspections, all the readiness actions that are required to ensure every next aircraft that moves into the sky is in fact safe and that this event can never happen again.”
Calhoun expressed sympathy for individuals who watched the footage of the tragedy with horror, saying, “When I got that picture, all I could think about – I didn’t know what happened so whoever was supposed to be in the seat next to that hole in the aircraft.” I have children and grandchildren, as do you. Every detail matters.”
Inspections of Boeing 737 Max 9s are still ongoing.