$1 Billion Lawsuit Filed

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – Following a life-threatening incident that took them by surprise, three individuals on board an Alaska Airlines flight are initiating a lawsuit against both the airline and Boeing, the aircraft’s producer.

Specifically, the affected passengers lived through a severe door malfunction shortly after the plane they were aboard took off on January 4.

They are demanding $1 billion in damages and cited significant safety concerns, as per an announcement from their legal representation.

The incident occurred on flight 1282, heading from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California. A door plug on the Boeing 737 MAX 9 dislodged and created an opening in the aircraft’s side. This prompted an extensive evaluation and resulted in the temporary grounding of 171 Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes globally.

In the aftermath of the incident, passengers Kyle Rinker, Amanda Strickland and Kevin Kwok are pursuing legal action for “punitive damages” against both entities and are accusing them of negligence that could have avoided the scare.

The law firm Jonathan W. Johnson, LLC, highlighted in a statement that two of the plaintiffs were near a teenager who got his shirt “sucked off” during the incident.

The legal team emphasized the need for more rigorous checks before planes are scheduled to take off and aim to hold Boeing accountable for the oversight that induced widespread alarm, distress and potential long-term psychological effects.

They argue this incident not only endangered everyone on board but also posed a threat to passengers on all Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, which led to their grounding by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A recently published initial report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the door plug was missing bolts during its assembly in Renton, Washington. The report included photographic evidence but did not specify when in the manufacturing process this oversight occurred.

In response to the event, Boeing has paused the production of the MAX fleet and is only allowing previously manufactured planes to fly after passing rigorous inspections mandated by the FAA.