WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Whitaker will travel to Seattle next week to meet with Boeing as the agency audit’s the planemaker’s 737 MAX production process following a mid-air emergency.

Boeing, which makes the 737 MAX in the Seattle area, was hit by the latest in a series of problems on Jan. 5 when a panel flew off one of its 737 MAX 9 jets in mid-flight.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)

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