Connect with us

Aviation

3 passengers sue Boeing, Alaska Airlines for $1 billion after door plug incident

3 passengers sue Boeing, Alaska Airlines for $1 billion after door plug incident

Three passengers who were aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, which experienced a terrifying mid-flight incident when a portion of the aircraft blew off, have filed a lawsuit against Boeing and Alaska Airlines seeking $1 billion in damages.

The lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of both companies, citing a pressurization issue identified by alaska airlines before the incident. The plaintiffs, Kyle Rinker, Amanda Strickland, and Kevin Kwok, were among the passengers on the routine flight when the Boeing 737 side panel explosively detached, leading to depressurization inside the aircraft and causing air masks to deploy.

Advertisement

The incident, which occurred in early January, prompted an emergency landing at Portland International Airport (PDX). This lawsuit follows a class-action suit filed by four passengers and an amended lawsuit filed by an attorney representing an additional 22 passengers from the same flight, both alleging negligence against Boeing and Alaska Airlines.

The expanded lawsuit claims that further inspections should have been conducted before the aircraft was placed in service, and seeks to hold Boeing accountable for what the plaintiffs argue was a preventable incident.

Advertisement

Boeing CEO David Calhoun expressed regret for the disaster and acknowledged that hundreds of passengers’ and crew members’ lives were in danger due to the preventable accident. The lawsuit claims that not only was the tragedy avoidable but that many other boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft were also affected by the aircraft’s manufacturing flaws, which prompted the FAA to temporarily ground and inspect those planes.

The plaintiffs are suing Boeing for significant punitive damages, claiming that the incident caused them to suffer from severe panic, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The lawsuit also refers to an NTSB preliminary report that stated the cockpit door was intended to blast open in the event of depressurization—a feature that pilots and crew were allegedly unaware of.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Aviation

Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

Advertisement

Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

Advertisement

The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Middle East

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
Photo: Wikipedia

British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

Advertisement

Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

Advertisement

Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Aviation

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

Advertisement

In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

Advertisement

United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Trending

Tibet Airlines and Henan jointly ordered 56 COMAC aircraft Top 10 Busiest Airports in the US for 2024 World’s first Helicopter with single Control Stick & just 2 screen Air India Launches Cadet Pilot Program for Aspiring Aviators Emirates’ Global Hunt for Airbus &Boeing Engineers in Singapore