CAAM has reached out to US federal agency over door part, says Loke

PETALING JAYA: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has reached out to the United States' Federal Aviation Authority's (FAA) Asia Pacific office in Singapore over the incident where a door part said to be made in Malaysia blew off an Alaska Airlines plane, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

"CAAM has reached out to the FAA office in Singapore to offer our assistance and they said they would get back to us if needed.

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"Yes, it was manufactured in Malaysia but in terms of approval for the product, it was by the FAA," he said.

Loke said CAAM reached out to the FAA several days ago as a proactive measure but they had yet to respond.

This comes after an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Jan 5 after a panel called a door plug was blown off the side of the plane shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon.

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Alaska and United Airlines, the only other US airline that flies the 737 Max 9, reported finding loose hardware in door plugs of other planes they inspected after the accident.

Both airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights and grounded their fleet of 737 Max 9 planes.

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