Mar 22, 2024

FBI probes mid-air blowout on Alaska Airlines flight

The FBI is investigating a January Alaska Airlines flight, where a door plug on the aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max 9, blew out mid-air. A criminal probe was confirmed by the FBI in a letter sent to those aboard the plane, identifying them as "Victims". The letters confirm early media reports that the Department of Justice had launched a criminal investigation into the Boeing jetliner blowout, which occurred on a 5 January flight from Portland, Oregon to Ontario, California. The Alaska Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing in Portland after an outer section of the plane fell off shortly after take-off. The jet had been prevented from making long-haul flights over water, said NTSB chief Jennifer Homendy, after pilots reported pressurisation warning lights on three previous flights made on that specific plane.

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