Updated on: 01/06/2024
An Alaska Airlines flight experienced a mid-air emergency Friday night, leading to an unscheduled landing at Portland International Airport. Reports from several passengers revealed that a substantial portion of the aircraft’s fuselage was missing, as depicted in photos shared by a passenger who was on board.
Alaska Airlines acknowledged the incident on Twitter at 7:26 p.m. (PST), identifying the affected flight as AS-1282 and that the plane was a Boeing 737 Max-9. The airline confirmed via email that the flight, which was reportedly carrying 174 passengers and 6 crew members, departed from Portland at 4:40 p.m. en-route to Ontario, California, before returning to Portland around 5:30 p.m. to make an emergency landing.
An airport witness mentioned that a child had to be held in place by their mother, and some passengers lost their phones, which were presumably sucked out of the damaged aircraft. The violent depressurization caused a child near the affected area to lose their shirt, which must have been a traumatic experience.
Emergency oxygen masks were deployed immediately after the depressurization, and passengers utilized them while awaiting the plane’s landing. The Port of Portland’s fire department responded and reportedly provided medical attention to several passengers with minor injuries.
Passenger Diego Murillo shared that Alaska Airlines rebooked him on an 11 p.m. flight out of Portland, with no additional details provided about the incident. As of now, there are no reports of serious injuries. FOX 12 has contacted the FAA, Alaska Airlines, and the airport for more information, and updates will be provided as the story unfolds.
Anyone who is involved in an incident involving serious bodily injury or other forms of harm have a legal right to be “made whole” after such an incident. Whether it be due to an actual collision or a malfunction of the aircraft itself, victims need to be aware of their legal rights and how to protect themselves after an incident like this one.
The most important step to take after a traumatic incident is to seek appropriate medical treatment. Physical injuries should be addressed and documented in the patient’s medical records, and psychological evaluation is often necessary for survivors of these types of incidents. Failure to undergo medical evaluation in a timely manner can significantly affect the chances of a successful outcome in any type of claim or legal action.
A thorough investigation into the incident is an absolutely necessary step before determining the best course of legal action. Investigators will be looking to identify whether any defects in the Boeing 737 Max-9 plane contributed to the incident, or whether there were any other factors that may have played a role.
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