- Flight 94, a Boeing 777, took off from New York City’s JFK Airport at 7:28 p.m., less than 45 minutes later, an Alert 2 emergency was declared.
American Airlines passengers were stranded in Boston after their flight to Spain was canceled overnight due to a broken windshield in the cabin.
Flight 94, a Boeing 777, took off from New York City’s JFK Airport at 7:28 p.m., less than two hours into the trip, and an Alert 2 emergency was declared, according to Massachusetts State Police.
The Federal Aviation Administration says an Alert 2 indicates that the flight is experiencing “significant difficulties” or that “a difficult or forced landing may be expected.”
At that time, the plane was 400 kilometers off the coast of Massachusetts on the Atlantic Ocean. This is just the latest headache for beleaguered Boeing.
The AA flight landed at 10:14 pm at Logan International Airport safely and arrived at the gate without assistance. In a statement, the airline said the diversion was due to a “maintenance issue.”
The plane in question was a Boeing 737, similar to the one shown here, and it was 250 miles over the Atlantic Ocean when the emergency was declared.
This illustrates how far along the passengers were on their journey before the crew opted to turn back.
The plane was immediately taken over by an American Airlines crew who began an inspection. Video posted from the airport showed hundreds of frustrated passengers lining up to receive hotel vouchers. They will leave for Madrid on Thursday at 8:00 am.
‘The flight landed safely and the aircraft was taken out of service to be inspected by our maintenance team. Customers will leave again tomorrow for (Madrid) on a replacement plane. “We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans and we apologize for the inconvenience this has caused,” the airline said in a statement.
‘Safety is always at the top of our list! “Delays are never an easy decision, but sometimes they are necessary to ensure the safety of everyone on board,” American said in a separate statement on X.
On the same day as this incident, the FAA said it was giving Boeing 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality problems and meet safety standards for building airplanes after a panel blew up a new plane. Boeing 737 Max last month.
The agency said the directive was adopted after daylong meetings Tuesday with senior Boeing officials at FAA headquarters in Washington.
“Boeing must commit to making real, deep improvements,” said FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker. “Achieving fundamental change will require sustained effort from Boeing leaders, and we will hold them accountable every step of the way.”
Boeing CEO David Calhoun said “we have a clear idea of what needs to be done” thanks to independent and company reviews. “Boeing will develop the comprehensive action plan with measurable criteria that demonstrate the profound change that Administrator Whitaker and the FAA demand.”
The FAA did not indicate what actions it might take if Boeing does not meet the 90-day deadline.
The FAA is currently completing an audit of assembly lines at the factory near Seattle where Boeing makes planes like the Alaska Airlines 737 Max that suffered a door panel explosion on Jan. 5. Investigators say bolts that help hold the panel in place were missing. after repair work.
The incident has raised scrutiny on Boeing to its highest level since two Boeing 737 Max plane crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people.
Whitaker toured the 737 factory two weeks ago. He met with FAA inspectors who are reviewing Boeing operations and spoke with Boeing engineers and mechanics about safety issues, according to the FAA.
This week, a panel of experts from industry, government and academia issued a report that found deficiencies in the safety culture at Boeing, which the company says it has been working to improve.
Earlier this month, Boeing replaced the executive who had overseen the 737 program since early 2021 and said it was increasing inspections at the 737 plant in Renton, Washington.
Boeing Co. is headquartered in Arlington, Virgin