FBI says Alaska Airlines passengers on flight with lost door could be victims of crime: reports

THE FBI said Alaska Airlines Passengers of Flight 1282 who lost a door stopper in January while mid-flight, they could be victims of crime, according to reports.

“I am contacting you because we have identified you as a possible victim of a crime,” a victim specialist from the FBI’s Seattle division wrote in the letter sent to passengers on board the plane, according to several media outlets.

The plane was a Boeing 737 Max. It was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members, flew over Oregon at 16,000 feet on January 5 and the door panel exploded. This left a huge hole in the side.

The loss of cabin pressure caused the oxygen masks to fall from the ceiling and the force of the air being sucked out of the plane exerted force on the passengers and crew.

The pilots landed safely in Portland, Oregon, and no one on board was seriously injured.

Investigators say four bolts used to secure the panel appeared to be missing after the plane was worked on at a Boeing factory in Renton, Washington.

Does the Alaska Airlines flight incident violate Boeing regulations?

In 2018 and 2019, two Boeing Max plane crashes killed a total of 346 people. That led to a settlement in 2021 that allowed Boeing to avoid lawsuits for allegedly misleading regulators who certified the 737 Max.

According to the AP, Published reports and government officials say the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into whether the sign explosion violated that agreement.

Alaska Airlines Passengers File Lawsuit, Boeing Criminal Investigation Expands

On Thursday, seven passengers on the flight filed complaints. They accuse Alaska Airlines, Boeing and Spirit Aerosystems of liability for negligence, defects in construction and manufacturing, and failing to protect passengers from harm.

Passenger Cuong Tran, of Upland, California, sat in a row behind the gaping hole. He said suction from the eruption took away his shoes and socks. It pulled him toward the opening and injured his foot.

Mark Lindquist, the lawyer…

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