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Cantwell Statement on NTSB Preliminary Report Regarding Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Accident

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today February 6, 2024, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released this statement regarding the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) release of a preliminary report on the January 5 Alaska Airlines flight 1282 plug door accident:

“This morning, NTSB gave Committee leaders an up-close look at the plug door that flew off Alaska Airlines flight 1282 and its initial finding that bolts securing it to the fuselage were missing. The NTSB's preliminary report on the Alaska Airlines flight 1282 accident underscores how important quality assurance is from manufacturers and how important quality control inspections from both manufacturers and the FAA are to the safety process. We look forward to NTSB’s final report highlighting the importance of these safety practices.

“The Commerce Committee will be holding oversight hearings on these issues and the NTSB findings.”

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