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All Alaska Airlines planes grounded by FAA


All Alaska Airlines planes were grounded Wednesday morning by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA issued a global ground stop for Alaska and its subcarriers just after 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. One subcarrier, SkyWest, was excluded from the ground stop.

Regulators provided no further explanation for the sudden carrier-focused ground stop.

A ground stop is an FAA order that requires planes to remain on the ground at their origin airport. It was used occasionally last year in New York when smoke from Canadian wildfires blanketed the city and lowered visibility.

This photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows a gaping hole where the paneled-over door had been at the fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Portland, Ore. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP)
This photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows a gaping hole where the paneled-over door had been at the fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Portland, Ore. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

Back on Jan. 5, a door panel blew out of an Alaska Airlines flight from Portland, Ore., opening a hole in the main cabin at 16,000 feet and forcing the plane to make an emergency turnaround.

After that incident, the FAA grounded nearly 200 Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft, but the regulators did not focus on a single carrier at that time.

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