In-flight Emergency: Alaska Airlines Forced to Land After Window Shatters in Mid-Air

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A portion of an Alaska Airlines airplane blew out in midair Friday night, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing while flying from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California. 

At 4:52 p.m., Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 took off from Portland International Airport. FlightAware, a public flight monitoring website, indicates that it is Pacific Standard Time. A little before 5:30 p.m., the plane made a safe return to Portland.

It looked from social media footage that one of the passenger window panels had blown out.

According to FlightAware, the aircraft descended to a height of roughly 16,000 feet after six minutes of flight.

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Alaska Airlines Flight Returns to Portland Safely After Pressurization Issue

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A portion of an Alaska Airlines airplane blew out in midair Friday night, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing while flying from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California.

Six crew members and 174 passengers were on board the aircraft. Alaska Airlines claimed in a statement to CBS News that there was a problem this evening shortly after takeoff and that the aircraft returned to Portland safely. However, the statement lacked further details.

The pilot radioed the air traffic controller as soon as possible after the incident to report that the flight had depressurized.

The crew reported a pressurization problem, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA both said that they were opening investigations.   

According to information obtained by CBS News, the aircraft, a Boeing 737-MAX 9, was only delivered to the airline in October. 

Boeing said in a statement to CBS News that it was in communication with Alaska Airlines and was seeking further information. Boeing stated that a technical team is available to assist with the inquiry.

 

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