New York, September 07: In a setback coming after rebound from the crisis surrounding the 737 MAX, Boeing on Saturday has suspended testing on its new long-haul 777X aircraft.
The so-called final load tests are part of the aircraft certification process, overseen by inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and meant to subject the plane to loads and stresses well beyond normal operational loads", Boeing spokesman said.
"During final load testing on the 777X static test airplane, the team encountered an issue that required suspension of the test", the company pal said adding that the testing conditions were well beyond any load expected in commercial service and that a door of the plane blew out during the test.
"Such an occurrence is rare during final load testing", it added. The suspension of testing comes as Boeing is in the process of completing changes required by regulators to lift a flight ban on the 737 MAX after two crashes that resulted in 346 deaths.
With this, the aircraft, which can carry 400 to 425 passengers, has already been ordered by eight airlines, including Emirates. It is meant to compete with the A350 of European manufacturer Airbus.