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Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX Forced into Emergency Landing After Mid-Flight Structural Failure Due to Turbulences

6 months ago
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Alaska Airlines has temporarily taken its fleet of Boeing 737-9 Max jets out of service following an worrying incident on one of its flights on Friday.

Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, traveling from Portland to Ontario, California, was forced to turn back to Portland International Airport shortly after takeoff when the crew reported issues with the aircraft's pressurization system.

According to accounts from passengers, approximately 20 minutes into the flight, a panel on the side of the plane's fuselage blew out suddenly. This panel included a window, exposing the cabin to the outside air.

Passenger Kyle Rinker told media outlets that there was a loud noise as the panel popped off, quickly followed by the oxygen masks deploying in the cabin.

Another passenger's video shared on social media gave a view of the missing panel, showing the exposed cabin with oxygen masks hanging from the ceiling throughout the plane. At least two passengers can be seen in seats near and just behind the opening.

The Port of Portland Fire Department responded after Flight 1282's emergency landing, reporting only minor injuries to passengers and confirming no serious injuries from the incident.

There were 171 passengers and 6 crew members on board the 737-9 Max aircraft. Airport fire crews assessed the plane upon landing as a precaution.

Alaska Airlines has stated it is working closely with Boeing to investigate the cause of the pressurization issues and panel failure on Flight 1282.

Meanwhile, the company has made the decision to temporary remove all 65 Boeing 737-9 Max planes from service. Over the next week, Alaska's grounded Max planes will undergo comprehensive maintenance checks and safety inspections before being cleared to fly passengers again.

The particular plane involved in Friday's incident was newly delivered to Alaska Airlines in late October 2023, having just received its airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.


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