The FAA has launched an investigation into Boeing after the US regulator said it wanted to probe why Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 lost a door plug at 16,000ft.

“This incident should have never happened and it cannot happen again,” the administration said.

“FAA formally notified Boeing that it is conducting an investigation to determine if Boeing failed to ensure completed products conformed to its approved design and were in a condition for safe operation in compliance with FAA regulations.

“This investigation is a result of an incident on a Boeing Model 737-9 MAX where it lost a “plug” type passenger door and additional discrepancies.

“Boeing’s manufacturing practices need to comply with the high safety standards they’re legally accountable to meet.

“The safety of the flying public, not speed, will determine the timeline for returning the Boeing 737-9 Max to service.”
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