Alaska Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Mid-Air Incident with Aircraft Structure

An Alaska Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California, experienced an emergency landing after a section of the aircraft tore away mid-flight at approximately 16,000 feet. The incident occurred shortly after takeoff, with passengers reporting a loud bang. The plane made an emergency return to Portland, landing safely at 5:27 p.m. All 171 passengers deplaned safely, some receiving medical evaluations. Alaska Airlines grounded their 737 Max 9 jets following the incident, and the FAA temporarily halted flights for these jets. The NTSB is currently investigating the situation.

  • Alaska Airlines flight faced a mid-air emergency when a panel ripped away, creating a gaping hole.
  • The incident occurred shortly after takeoff and at about 16,000 feet altitude.
  • Passengers experienced a loud bang and the deployment of oxygen masks.
  • The aircraft involved was a 737 Max 9 jet.
  • The plane returned and landed safely at Portland International Airport.
  • Alaska Airlines provided passengers with a refund and additional compensation.
  • The airline temporarily grounded its fleet of 737 Max 9 jets following the incident.
  • The FAA issued a temporary grounding of 737 Max 9 jets.
  • The NTSB is conducting an investigation, focusing on the specific aircraft involved.
  • Travelers flying with Alaska and United may need to check their reservations for updates regarding 737 Max 9 flights.

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