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Another 737 MAX Issue Grounds Airframes for 16 Airlines

Another 737 MAX Issue Grounds Airframes for 16 Airlines
Joe Cortez

Certain Boeing 737 MAX aircraft may get grounded yet again, after Boeing identified another “potential issue.” The manufacturer is recommending owners at 16 airlines address an electrical issue related to “a sufficient ground path” for the electrical power system before they fly once again.

Another round of groundings is coming for certain Boeing 737 MAX airframes, after the Chicago-based manufacturer announced a potential electrical issue. In a press release, Boeing announced their recommendation to pause operations to 16 customer airlines to repair a power system component.

Groundings Could Affect an Undetermined Number of 737 MAX Flights

In the announcement dated April 9, 2021, Boeing said the issue was limited to a “specific group of 737 MAX airplanes,” without giving further detail. The issue based around “verification that a sufficient ground path exists for a component of the electrical power system.”

“We are working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on this production issue,” the Boeing statement reads. “We are also informing our customers of specific tail numbers affected and we will provide direction on appropriate corrective actions.”

Although it’s unclear how many airframes will be affected, the three U.S. based carriers will have to take certain airframes out of rotation until the electrical problem can be fixed. According to CNN, Southwest will be forced to ground 30 of their 58 737 MAX aircraft, while 16 United Airlines MAX airframes are affected. American Airlines said 17 jets were affected, all of which were built during or after the 20-month grounding by the Federal Aviation Administration.

A safety analyst for CNN speculated that the situation could affect a main power system backup, which could have caused a “catastrophic” fire if not checked. While they credited Boeing for catching the fault before an incident takes place, the questions of how it was discovered and 737 MAX production quality controls remain.

Despite Issues, Airlines are Still Backing the 737 MAX

Even though this the latest issue affecting the troubled airframe, airlines are continuing to put their faith in the next-generation project. In March 2021, Southwest announced an additional 100 firm orders for 737 MAX aircraft, after both Alaska Airlines and Ryanair added to their orders.

View Comments (6)


  1. cmd320

    April 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    What a dumpster fire.

  2. edgewood49

    April 13, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Somebody put Boeing out of their misery !

  3. bwallet

    April 13, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Of course this would happen after I bought Boeing stock last week…

  4. dvs7310

    April 13, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    @bwallet, sounds like a perfect time to add to your position then. 787 had fire issues too, they were resolved as this will be. I don’t care for the 737Max in general, but from a stockholder view this is nothing in the long term.

  5. BC Shelby

    April 14, 2021 at 10:27 am

    …making sure no flights I book are on this type as what will be the next issue?, The 737 Max is beginning to look like the Yugo of airliners.

    Indeed it is looking more and more like the Max was rushed out the door out of fear of losing sales to Airbus. Ever since the acquisition of McDonnell Douglas, the subsequent move of their administrative HQ to Chicago from Seattle, and letting the bean counters take over development decisions from the engineers, they have been fumbling.

    Sad. used to admire and respected them.

  6. DeltaFlyer123

    April 16, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Poor Boeing! It’s hard to understand how an organization that knows what it’s doing and has been doing it well for decades is now having such a hard time. I see two reasons for these issues: one, is that after a really big gaffe, all eyes are on them, and even things that would be resolved under the radar are now widely scrutinized. But I think the main issue is the same as the reason to move its head office from Seattle to Chicago – Boeing is no longer an airplane maker but a money maker, which, among other things, also makes airplanes. Poor Bill, must be turning in his grave!

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