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171 Boeing 737s grounded to complete safety inspections

# The US aviation regulator has said 171 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes will remain grounded until it is satisfied the planes are safe. The Federal Aviation Administration has been inspecting the jets after an incident on Friday. An Alaska Airlines flight had to make an emergency descent, after a large section of the plane’s outer shell fell to the ground shortly after take-off. The plane, carrying 177 passengers and crew, landed safely back in Portland. Several passengers were injured. The vast majority of Boeing 737 Max 9s used in the US are operated by United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.