On the afternoon of the 5th local time, a flight operated by Alaska Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Portland, Oregon, when a window and a portion of the aircraft’s fuselage became missing.
The Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft took off at 4:52 PM local time on the 5th and returned 20 minutes later. At the time, there were 171 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
According to the records of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft was certified two months prior and had just recently come off the assembly line. The FAA reported that the crew had issues with cabin pressure before the plane returned. An investigation into the incident is currently underway by the relevant authorities.
The incident resulted in the disappearance of a window and part of the plane’s body. Screenshot from U.S. media reports
Boeing responded to the accident via social media platforms, stating, “We are aware of the incident involving Alaska Airlines flight AS1282. We are working to gather more information and are in contact with our airline customer. The Boeing technical team is prepared to support the investigation at any time.”
On the 6th, local time, Alaska Airlines announced on its official social media account that the company has decided to temporarily suspend the operation of 65 Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft as a precautionary measure.
Compiled from: CCTV News Client, Global Times WeChat, and Economic Daily China.