Emergency Exit Door Detaches from Alaska Airlines Aircraft Mid-Flight with 177 on Board

Alaska Airlines

At approximately 5:00 PM local time on January 5th, Alaska Airlines flight 1282, a Boeing 737-9 with tail number N704AL, was en route from Portland to Ontario when the emergency exit door on the left side of the aircraft detached, forcing the plane to return to Portland.

According to Alaska Airlines, the aircraft was carrying 171 passengers and 6 crew members, totaling 177 individuals on board, all of whom were safe. At 7:55 PM on the same day, the airline issued a statement saying, “As the safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority, such an incident is rare, but our flight crew is trained and prepared to manage situations safely. We are investigating what happened and will share the details as soon as we understand them.” The aircraft was just delivered in October 2023.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have stated they will conduct an investigation.

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