United and Alaska find loose bolts on Boeing 737 Max 9s grounded after midair blowout

Preliminary inspections of Max 9 emergency door plugs suggest a possible broader problem with how the aircraft were assembled or modified

Missing door plug in Boeing 737 Max 9
Missing door plug in Boeing 737 Max 9
(Image credit: Mathieu Lewis-Rolland / Getty Images)

United Airlines and Alaska Airlines found loose bolts and other hardware in their preliminary inspections of grounded 737 Max 9 airliners, the airlines said late Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration had ordered all 171 U.S.-based Max 9s taken out of service for inspection on Saturday, following Friday evening's emergency landing of Alaska Flight 1282 after an emergency door panel popped out from the fuselage shortly after takeoff from Portland International Airport, leaving an open hole in the side of the plane.

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