The Vanishing Door: The Terrifying Mystery of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282

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Alaska Airlines Flight 1282: The Door that Disappeared

It was a terrifying experience for the passengers and crew of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282. Shortly after takeoff from Portland on Friday night, the plane suffered an in-flight emergency when one of its doors blew off. Now, the search is underway for the missing door, which is believed to be somewhere near Barnes Road in the Cedar Hills neighborhood, about 10 miles southwest of Portland International Airport.

The “Terrifying” Accident

The Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft was carrying 171 passengers and 6 crew members when the incident occurred. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy described the accident as “terrifying” during a press conference on Saturday night.

The door plug, located mid-cabin, was lost at an altitude of 16,000 feet shortly after takeoff. The pilot immediately requested an emergency landing back at Portland International Airport and successfully landed the plane around 5:30 p.m. Passengers and crew were safe.

The Investigation Begins

On Sunday, the NTSB will begin their investigation into the incident. While it is still too early to determine the cause of the door blowout, Homendy provided some initial information. She mentioned that seats 26A and 26B, which were immediately next to the non-operational door, were unoccupied during the flight. This particular door, according to Homendy, can be opened from the outside but was not operational due to a customer request for additional comfort.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has reached out to Homendy to offer assistance and coordination. Homendy expressed her gratitude to the first responders at the scene, including the Port of Portland and the Portland police.

The Focus of the Investigation

While other parties, such as the FAA, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, and pilot and flight attendant associations, will also be involved in the investigation, the NTSB’s current focus is on this specific aircraft. Homendy stated that they will gather information and determine whether to broaden or narrow their investigation as needed.

Homendy hopes to provide more details on the pressurization, locks, and hinges around the door, as well as safety briefings, during the next press briefing on Sunday. At this time, there is no suspicion of a design flaw.

About the Aircraft

The plane involved in the incident is a brand-new Boeing 737 Max 9, which began carrying passengers in November. It has only completed 145 flights so far. Alaska Airlines confirmed that the aircraft was delivered to them on October 31, 2023. The specific part of the aircraft involved in the incident is called a plug door, located near the rear of the plane.

Immediate Grounding of Some Boeing 737 Max 9 Jetliners

In response to the incident, federal officials have ordered the immediate grounding and inspection of some Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliners.

Conclusion

The search for the missing door of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 continues, as investigators work to determine the cause of the in-flight emergency. While the focus is on this specific aircraft, there will be cooperation between various parties to ensure a thorough investigation. Passengers and crew members were fortunate to have a calm and skilled pilot who safely landed the plane. As the investigation progresses, more information will be provided to shed light on this “terrifying” incident.