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DOJ opens investigation into Alaska Airlines incident of door panel blowing out midair, WSJ says

An Alaska airlines Boeing 737 is taking off from Los Angeles Worldwide AirPort (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, on March 6, 2024.

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The Justice Department has started a criminal investigation into the Alaska Airlines incident the set aside a door panel blew out mid-air two months within the past, The Wall Road Journal reported Saturday.

The newspaper, citing documents and folks conversant within the topic, said investigators have contacted passengers, pilots and flight attendants on Flight 1282 on Jan. 5 heading to Ontario, California from Portland, Oregon, the set aside a allotment of the plane ripped off midair, forcing the crew to form an emergency landing.

The investigation would support the DOJ its in overview of whether Boeing complied with an old settlement of a federal investigation into two deadly 737 Max crashes in 2018 and 2019, the Journal said.

“In an match treasure this, it be normal for the DOJ to be conducting an investigation,” an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said. “We are fully cooperating and attain no longer state we’re a target of the investigation.”

The DOJ declined to comment. Boeing didn’t without lengthen acknowledge to a CNBC inquire for comment.

Boeing 737 Max 9 planes flown by Alaska have resumed normal service after being grounded for inspections. Alaska and United Airlines, the 2 U.S. carriers that cruise the Max 9, canceled hundreds of flights in January after the incident.

Three passengers are suing Boeing and Alaska Airlines for $1 billion in damages, accusing Boeing and Alaska Airlines of negligence for allegedly having no longer famed warning signs.

Alaska Airlines earlier estimated that the weekslong grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 9 will payment the carrier $150 million.

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— CNBC’s Rebecca Picciotto contributed reporting.

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