Part of Plane Blows Out Mid-Flight, Prompting Emergency Landing

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( – On Friday, January 5, passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight had quite the scare, which led to both an emergency landing and the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max-9 planes.

Social media user @strawberry.vy captured on video the scene after the Alaska Airlines plane was forced to turn around and land. This was because a large section of the aircraft had been blown off.

In the caption, of the TikTok video she shared following the incident, she noted that she had been on the plane heading to a girl’s trip before the emergency landing. The footage featured the oxygen masks which had been dropped for passengers and clearly showed the hole in the side of the aircraft in the area where the fuselage had been blown out. The user shared that the occurred not even 20 minutes into the trip.

The footage showed the interior of the Boeing 737 Max-9 as well as the passengers who were aboard the plane. Many of the passengers were desperately holding on to the oxygen masks while looking at the hole.

The TikTok user said the part of the aircraft that was blown off was not the emergency door section but instead was a “random piece” of the aircraft.

Many users commented in the video pointing out how calm everyone on the aircraft was and how they would be panicking and passing out if that had occurred. A different user noted that this was the reason they never removed their seat belt during a flight.

The plane originally departed from the Portland International Airport (PDX) at around 5 p.m. and made an emergency landing back to the same airport less than half an hour later.

It was reported that the part of the plane that flew off was a defective door plug. No one was reported injured. On January 9, the FAA revealed that all Boeing 737 Max-9 machines with this part would stay on the ground until they were confirmed safe to fly.

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