Our Oregon law firm has been retained by a passenger sitting near the defective door on Alaska Air Flight 1282. If you are a fellow passenger on Alaska Air Flight 1282, we would appreciate you contacting our office online or calling us at (503) 227-1233 to provide a witness statement. If you are seeking an Alaska Air Flight 1282 lawyer, our Oregon aviation law firm has extensive background with both Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") and inner ear injuries that can occur with rapid pressure changes caused by trauma, explosions or rapid aviation depressurization.
Our office is already in contact with the Vice President of Claims at United States Aircraft Insurance Group ("USAIG") on these cases.
On January 5, 2024, Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 was scheduled to depart from Portland International Airport ("PDX") in Oregon, and arrive at Ontario International Airport ("ONT") in California. Six minutes after takeoff a panel installed for an optional emergency exit door on a Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft blew out of the side of the airplane. This left the side of the plane open while at approximately 16,000 feet. This causing a rapid and uncontrolled decompression of the plane. Passengers describe the event as causing a very loud sound, followed by sheer terror for the passengers. Flight 1282 survivors, including our client, note fearing for their life, with many writing goodbye message to family members via their cell phones.
A boy seated in Row 25 had his shirt ripped from his body and blown out of the aircraft. According to witnesses, his mother held on to him to prevent him being blown out of the airplane, given that the decompression event caused a massive rush of air out of the plane.
The aircraft's oxygen masks deployed. According to some news sources, the force of the cabin depressurization was so strong it blew the headsets off the pilot and copilot's heads in the cockpit.
Flight 1282 made an emergency landing back at Portland airport. While all passengers and crew miraculously survived the vent, some passengers were immediately taken to the hospital for injuries.
The Boeing 737 MAX 9 plane involved in Alaska Flight 1282, was only a few months old. The Boeng 737 MAX 9 has an optional emergency exit door, on each side of the plane behind the wings. Given Alaska's seating configuration, the doors are not required. Boeing uses door "plugs" installed rather than emergency exit doors. These door plugs are covered with cabin panels, and to passengers inside the plane, appear to be regular window panels.