Alaska Airlines Passengers Sue Boeing Over Door Plug Blowout

Six passengers of Alaska Airlines have filed a lawsuit against Boeing following a horrifying flight experience leading to a dramatic emergency landing in Oregon.

A family member of one of the passengers who was aboard Flight 1282 joined the class-action lawsuit in King County Superior Court in Seattle on Thursday.

The lawsuit asserts that the passengers are entitled to compensation for injuries sustained during the incident.

Attorney Daniel Laurence said, “Although everyone is glad that the blowout occurred while the crew could still manage to land the aircraft safely, this nightmare experience has caused economic, physical and ongoing emotional consequences that have understandably deeply affected our clients and is one more disturbing mark on the troubled 737-MAX series aircraft.”

This lawsuit follows Alaska Airlines’ offer of just $1,500 to passengers for their ordeal during the flight.

The exact amount sought by the plaintiffs in the new class-action lawsuit remains unspecified.

In a prior statement, Boeing affirmed its commitment to ensuring that all Boeing aircraft adhere to design specifications and the highest safety and quality standards.

Boeing released a statement on Monday saying, “We regret the impact this has had on our customers and their passengers.”

The plane departed from Portland, Oregon, en route to California on Friday night. However, a mere 20 minutes into the flight, one of the door plugs dislodged at 16,000 feet and descended to the ground.

The pilot then had to execute a perilous emergency landing, causing passengers to fear for their lives.

The flight carried a total of 171 passengers and had six crew members on board when the part detached from the aircraft.

Federal authorities conducted an extensive search for the missing plane components to aid their investigation. In response to the incident, authorities also issued orders to ground similar aircraft for further examination.

The door that blew off the plane was discovered on Sunday night in the backyard of Bob Sauer, a 64-year-old physics teacher from Portland.

The discovery of the missing door coincided with Alaska Airlines’ decision to cancel 170 flights on Sunday and an additional 60 on Monday, allowing investigators to conduct aircraft inspections.

Later, they disclosed that they had banned the aircraft from performing long-distance flights over water because a cabin pressure warning light had illuminated during three previous flights.