Passengers on Alaska Airlines flight share terrifying experience as window, fuselage blow off mid-air
Passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight from Portland to Ontario, California, on Friday night experienced a terrifying incident when the window and part of the fuselage blew off mid-air. The plane, which was carrying 171 passengers and 6 crew members, had to make an emergency landing shortly after departure.
An airline spokesperson confirmed that the plane returned to the Portland International Airport safely. Alaska Airlines has announced that it will ground dozens of Boeing 737 jets for inspection.
Alaska Airlines Chief Executive Ben Minicucci expressed concern for the passengers involved, saying, “My heart goes out to those who were on this flight – I am so sorry for what you experienced.”
Videos and pictures of the incident have been shared on social media, including a TikTok video showing oxygen masks down as heavy gusts of wind blow into the aircraft. Another passenger shared photos taken aboard the flight, including a gaping hole in the side of the plane.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the incident. There are over 200 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes currently in service across multiple airlines, including United, Alaska, and Copa airlines.