A Portland man recovered a cell phone, which is believed to be owned by a passenger of Alaska Airlines flight 1282 after it was sucked out of the plane when the door plug blew open.
Writing on X, the man, Sean Bates, posted a photo of the phone:
“Found an iPhone on the side of the road,” he wrote.
“Still in airplane mode with half a battery and open to a baggage claim for #AlaskaAirlines ASA1282.”
Found an iPhone on the side of the road… Still in airplane mode with half a battery and open to a baggage claim for #AlaskaAirlines ASA1282 Survived a 16,000 foot drop perfectly in tact!— Seanathan Bates (@SeanSafyre) January 7, 2024
When I called it in, Zoe at @NTSB said it was the SECOND phone to be found. No door yet😅 pic.twitter.com/CObMikpuFd
Bates found the phone when he was out walking before posting it on social media, which also showed what appeared to be an Alaska Airlines baggage flight receipt.
The image showed the baggage receipt for the traveler and a piece of a charger still stuck into the phone’s charging port.
Bates claimed the phone was “perfectly” intact with “no scratches on it.”
In a TikTok video, Bates said he was walking in Portland on Sunday after the National Transportation Safety Bureau asked him to report any debris or plane parts.
The door for the plane was also recovered after another Portland resident named Bob found the plug in his yard,
“Thank you, Bob,” NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said at a news conference.
Bates found one of the two cell phones that were recovered.
Last week, Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after its passenger window blew open.
The Boeing 737 Max was heading to Ontario, California w, when a large window busted open, causing severe depressurization.
Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said in a statement:
“Following tonight’s event on Flight 1282, we have decided to take the precautionary step of temporarily grounding our fleet of 65 Boeing 737-9 aircraft.”
“My heart goes out to those who were on this flight – I am so sorry for what you experienced.”
Video footage showed the plane in the air with the window open as oxygen masks angled over passengers’ seats.