Antony Blinken stranded in Davos by airplane malfunction on Boeing flight

 January 18, 2024

Joe Biden's Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, was left stranded at the World Economic Forum after the Boeing airplane he was traveling on suffered a critical malfunction. 

Blinken's plane was determined to be unsafe to fly because of an oxygen leak, according to reports. He was able to return home from Zurich, Switzerland on a different flight Wednesday.

Blinken stranded by malfunction...

The malfunctioning plane was a modified 737 that is known as the C-4o to the U.S. military.

The eerie incident brings further scrutiny to Boeing as it faces a federal investigation into another model, the Boeing 737 MAX 9, following a midflight scare that made national headlines.

In Blinken's case the malfunction was discovered before takeoff, leaving Blinken safe but stranded.

"There was a mechanical issue with his plane," a spokesperson said. "The Air Force has a replacement plane inbound. We expect to be back still tonight but several hours later than originally planned."

Blinken hobnobs in Davos

Blinken traveled to Davos, Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum, a famous gathering of the global elite, where he urged Israel to seek a two-state solution in its conflict with Palestine.

The conflict in Gaza is showing signs of regional escalation, even as the war in Ukraine grinds on and a migrant crisis explodes south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

With the world in chaos under Joe Biden, Blinken doesn't have much time to be stuck on a runway.

Boeing under fire

Meanwhile, nearly 200 Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes have been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the harrowing January 5 blowout on an Alaska Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon.

A faulty door plug blew open shortly after takeoff, leaving passengers in fear for their lives.

Through sheer luck, no one was seated near the gaping hole in the aircraft's side. Passengers on the harrowing flight have filed a class-action lawsuit.

"Plaintiffs feared the gaping hole in the fuselage, rapid depressurization, and general havoc was a prelude to the plane's destruction and their own likely death," the complaint stated.

Despite Boeing's damaged reputation, the company has found a willing buyer for its 737 Max planes: India's Akasa Air.

“The efficiency and versatility of the 737-10 and 737-8-200 will support Akasa Air’s expansion to meet soaring demand for air travel in the region for many years to come,” Stephanie Pope, Boeing’s chief operating officer, said in a statement on Thursday.

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