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Investigation on a ‘stuck’ control situation in Boeing 737 Max conducted by NTSB

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Boeing is now being looked into by the government because of a problem with a 737 Max plane. United Airlines pilots had trouble with the flight controls when they were landing in Newark last month.

According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), on February 6, the pilots of the Boeing 737 Max 8 had trouble with the rudder pedals during landing. The rudder is what controls the plane’s left and right movement.

Luckily, none of the 161 people on United flight 1539 got hurt, and the plane went back to the gate. But United’s maintenance crews found the same problem during a test flight three days later.

This investigation is the latest one involving a new Boeing 737 Max, after an incident on an Alaska Airlines plane on January 5. The NTSB says the plane in this recent incident was delivered to United Airlines from Boeing in February 2023.

The NTSB mentions that United Airlines disabled the problematic part, but tests by the company that makes the autopilot part, Collins Aerospace, found that it could prevent the rudder pedals from moving in cold temperatures.

United Airlines thanked their pilots and maintenance teams for finding the issue and said they would keep working with Boeing, the NTSB, and the FAA on what to do next.

This is the first time this problem has been reported on a 737 Max, according to someone familiar with the situation, but it’s not the first time on any Boeing plane. Similar things happened twice in 2019 on the older model, the 737 Next Generation, but they fixed it by replacing parts.

Boeing also thanked United Airlines and said they solved the problem by replacing three parts, and the plane went back into service last month. United mentioned that the faulty parts weren’t what they usually use on their planes; the plane was originally made for another airline but ended up with United instead.

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