Here are the stories to start the week…

Of note, the announcement that the Boeing 737 MAX 9 fuselage door plug that came off the Alaska Airlines B-737 Max 9 shortly after departure from KPDX has been found. It should be noted that this was a plug, not a door. A manufacturer will sometimes put a door plug in place of an emergency exit door depending on the configuration requested by an airline. It was not marked/identified as an exit (neither in the cabin or on the exterior of the fuselage) nor did it have features to mechanically open it from either side and there was no way that this plug could have been opened by anyone from either inside nor outside the fuselage in the case of an evacuation.

Be safe out there!

Tom