WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s travel plans from the World Economic Forum in Davos were disrupted today due to an oxygen leak in his Boeing (NYSE:) 737 jet. Despite the mechanical setback, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller assured that Blinken would still return home tonight.
During his time at the forum, Blinken engaged in critical discussions concerning Middle East stability and climate policy. The aircraft issue comes amidst a challenging period for Boeing, which is under heightened scrutiny following safety concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently grounded Boeing’s 737 Max 9 jets after a separate incident.
In addition to regulatory actions, Boeing’s contractor, Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE:), is involved in ongoing litigation over alleged defects and accusations of suppressing safety issues. This latest event with the Secretary’s jet adds to the narrative of safety challenges facing Boeing aircraft.
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