Spirit AeroSystems issues another statement amid 737 Max 9 investigation
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Spirit AeroSystems has released a statement regarding an update into the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of an inflight blowout on a Boeing 737 Max 9 plane after take off last week.
The statement reads as follows:
"Spirit AeroSystems has been working closely with our customer since the event with Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on Jan. 5. A Spirit team is now supporting
the NTSB’s investigation directly. As a company, we remain focused on the quality of each aircraft structure that leaves our facilities."
Spirit AeroSystems is the largest parts supplier for Boeing, with fuselages and door plugs being manufactured by the company. Spokesperson Forrest Gossett says when a fuselage is transported to Boeing's facility in Renton, Washington, it has the plug installed.
The Federal Aviation Administration grounded certain Boeing 737 Max 9 planes that utilize a mid-cabin door plug after the plug and part of the fuselage detached while inflight after taking off from Portland International Airport last Friday. Pieces from the plane, including the plug, have been found.
In addition, Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun reiterated the importance of safety and that paying attention to detail is key as he spoke with workers in on Tuesday.
"Everything matters. Every detail matters...of the seriousness with which we have to approach our work," Calhoun said.