Turkish Airlines Temporarily Grounds All Boeing 737 MAX 9s

Turkish Airlines Temporarily Grounds All Boeing 737 MAX 9s
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It has been revealed that all five of the Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft in the Turkish Airlines fleet have been temporarily grounded, as per reports from @HavaSosyalMedya.

Turkish Airlines Temporarily Grounds Five Boeing 737 MAX 9s…


Turkish Airlines Temporarily Grounds All Boeing 737 MAX 9s
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Senior Vice President Media Relations of Turkish Airlines Yahya Ustun confirmed to the Turkish outlet that this is the case:

“As a result of the preliminary examination of the authorities following the incident on Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, 5 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft in the Turkish Airlines fleet were also requested to be examined for precautionary purposes.”

“Until the technical investigation process is completed and the measures requested by the authorities are taken, Turkish Airlines has decided to withdraw the 5 aircraft from operation at the airport where they will first land. Flight safety is our top priority.”

As per data from Planespotters.net the registrations for the five are as follows:

  • TC-LYA
  • TC-LYB
  • TC-LYC
  • TC-LYD
  • TC-LYE

All five of these aircraft were delivered between February 2019 and September 2021.

Up to now, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines & now Turkish Airlines have temporarily grounded Boeing aircraft as a result of the incident that happened in Portland last night.

The FAA has also announced that 171 aircraft have been temporarily grounded in total, at the request of the regulator as well.

United Airlines has also cancelled up to 60 flights as a result of this disruption involving the aircraft type.

All eyes will be on how much further this goes, or whether this will be the case of completing inspections and a sense of normalcy returns within this.

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