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Boeing 737 Max 9 planes will remain grounded as inspections continue.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has stated that 171 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes will remain grounded until it is satisfied that the planes are safe.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been inspecting the planes since a piece of the fuselage of an Alaska Airlines plane fell off on Friday.

The FAA stated that “keeping the flying public safe” was its top priority.

Thousands of passengers had their flights canceled after dozens of major US airlines grounded the planes.

“We have grounded the affected airplanes, and they will remain grounded until the FAA is satisfied that they are safe,” the agency said in a statement on Sunday.

Flights in the United States have been the most disrupted.

United Airlines and Alaska Airlines operate the vast majority of Boeing 737 Max 9s in the United States, while Turkish Airlines, Copa Airlines of Panama, and Aeromexico have also grounded planes of the same model for inspections.

Alaska grounded 65 planes and canceled 163 flights, or 21%, on Sunday. Approximately 25,000 people were affected. The airline expects travel disruptions from the grounding of some of its airliners to last until at least mid-week. United has grounded 79 planes and announced the cancellation of approximately 180 flights on Sunday.

Meanwhile, authorities are still looking for the plug door, which they believe fell to the ground in Portland’s western suburbs, and have asked the public for assistance in locating the panel.

According to flight tracking data, Alaska Airlines flight 1282 from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California, reached 16,000 feet (4,876 meters) before beginning an emergency descent on Friday.

According to passengers, a large section of the plane’s outer shell fell to the ground shortly after takeoff.

Images sent to media outlets show the night sky and lights of Portland noticeable through the fuselage gap, as well as insulation material and other debris.

According to one passenger, the gap was “as wide as a refrigerator,” and a child’s shirt was ripped off in the wind as the plane made an emergency landing.

The plane, carrying 177 travelers as well as crew members, safely returned to Portland. According to Alaska, several passengers were injured, but not seriously.

Following a series of safety issues, Boeing’s 737 Max has been dubbed “the most scrutinized transport aircraft in history.”

The Max was grounded for a year and a half in March 2019 after two of the type crashed in similar circumstances, killing those on board.

Recently, Boeing announced that it would accelerate 737 Max deliveries after resolving a supply issue that required lengthy inspections of new planes and inventory.

According to Boeing data, approximately 1,300 737 Max aircraft have been delivered to customers.

The FAA advised airlines last month to inspect Max models for a possible loose bolt in the rudder control systems.

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