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About those Boeings

More than 170 Boeing passenger jets have been grounded after a refrigerator-sized hole opened up in a plane mid-flight.

Phones, magazines and even the shirt off a child’s back were sucked out of an Alaska Airlines service from Oregon to California on Friday, prompting concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 9 plane used by commercial airlines all over the world.


The plane had only been in service for a month, having been certified in October, according to FAA records.

Brand spanking new, eh?

15 thoughts on “About those Boeings”

  1. I nipped in here to question how a “refrigerator-sized hole” related to proper El Reg units…

    But see that I’ve been beaten to it 😉

  2. And it seems only a week or so since Boing were telling customers of the 737 Nose Plant Edition to “have a look round the back, we may have forgotten to bolt the rudder on”

  3. The ‘hole’ being exit shaped not window shaped, has led some to suggest it was an emergency exit at the rear, not used on aircraft with the seating configuration of that plane, and therefore sealed with a ‘plug’.

    The outline of the blind exit can be seen from the outside of the plane.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    Diversity engineer hires no doubt

    Diversity hires don’t sully themselves getting in engineering, they prefer to get in to HR, accounts and now the boardroom* where they can do some real damage effect change. (Such as forcing engineers to cut costs so they can pay better bonuses to HR, accounting and board members.)

    *see Horizon scandal.

  5. @Jim,

    Yep, so expect to see more of this.

    That said, I expect they will be able to find a middle aged white man to blame, which will just accelerate the process.

  6. I like the joke that Boeing has pledged to send a team of twenty accountants to help the investigation.

  7. There’ll be an intensive search going on for an exit door in the (rather dense) forests of coastal Oregon.

  8. John B

    Yes, the hole is shaped exactly like an aircraft door with the rounded corners to eliminate high stress areas similar to the windows in the de havilland comet.
    I’m guessing that the accountant that designed the plug figured (s)he could save some money by using a couple of sheet screws instead of a dozen or so rivets to hold the plug in place.
    I’ll bet somebody is not going to get their full Christmas bonus this year (Designer, installer, quality control inspector, but certainly no one in management).
    That’s called accountability in the new and improved Boeing.

  9. The ‘door’ has now been found in a suburban garden – looks like they didn’t get far enough to be out in the woods.

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