An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Portland, Oregon on the US West Coast. Footage shared on social media and by local media shows that the plane had a hole in the rear of the fuselage. The plane lost a window and passengers had to use oxygen masks. An investigation into the dangerous incident is ongoing. American authorities ordered an inspection of 171 planes from the same series. They will be grounded until they pass inspection.
An Alaska Airlines flight took off from Portland on Friday. The destination of Flight 1282 was Oregon City, California. However, according to data from the airline and the Flightradar24 website, the plane with 171 passengers and six crew members made an emergency landing just 20 minutes after take-off, at 17.26 local time (on Saturday after 1 a.m. in Poland).
Footage shared on social media showed that the Boeing 737 MAX 9 was missing a window and there was a hole in the fuselage on the left side of the plane. Passengers were wearing oxygen masks.
A panel fell off the plane
After analyzing photos from the outside, Flightradar24 and safety analysts found that a panel that could be used as a rear exit door had separated from the plane.
Footage from inside the deck was shared by local website The Oregonian. It shows that after a successful landing, there was applause from the passengers inside the cabin.
Pete Muntean, a CNN correspondent, also published photos from inside the plane.
There is no information about anyone injured during the flight.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the incident, which resulted in fuselage damage that led to a sudden depressurization of the cabin.
The plane that crashed was delivered to Alaska in late October last year. He received the certificate a month later.
“Any rapid decompression like this is a serious safety event,” said Anthony Brickhouse, an aviation safety expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. – I can’t imagine what these passengers went through. It was quite a terrifying situation, the expert added.
The incident shows how important it is for passengers sitting on an airplane to wear their seat belts, even if the seat belt warning light is not on, Brickhouse noted.
Suspended flights, 171 planes under scrutiny
On Saturday morning, Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci announced that the airline would temporarily idle 65 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. In a statement published around 9:30 p.m. Polish time (around 11:30 a.m. in Alaska), the company said that a maintenance team began a “detailed inspection” early in the morning. these machines. 18 of them have already returned to service. The inspection of the remaining ones is to be completed in the coming days.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered “emergency inspections” of some Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. We are talking about 171 planes that have been temporarily grounded. After a positive inspection result, they will be able to return to service.
Due to the FAA’s decision, United Airlines also temporarily grounded 45 of its 79 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, canceling approximately 60 Saturday flights. United and Alaska are the only airlines in USAthat have this type of planes.
“We are investigating what happened and will share more information as it becomes available.”
“While these types of incidents are rare, our flight crew has been trained and prepared to safely handle such a situation,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement. “We are investigating what happened and will share more information as it becomes available,” she added in a short statement.
Boeing Airplanes also commented on the incident. “We are aware of an incident involving Alaska Airlines Flight 1282,” the company said in a statement. “We are working to gather more information and are in contact with our airline customers. Boeing’s technical team stands ready to support the investigation,” the statement said.
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