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An Alaska Airlines passenger shared new photos of the 737 Max blowout — including one of his bare feet after his shoes and socks were sucked out of the plane

Pete Syme   

An Alaska Airlines passenger shared new photos of the 737 Max blowout — including one of his bare feet after his shoes and socks were sucked out of the plane
  • Cuong Tran's shoes and socks were sucked out of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282.
  • His foot was injured, and his iPhone was later recovered on the side of a road.

A passenger on the Alaska Airlines blowout flight has shared new pictures of the aftermath as part of a lawsuit filed last Tuesday.

Cuong Tran was sitting in the row just behind the door plug — a part of the fuselage that covers a deactivated emergency exit — when it detached from the Boeing 737 Max in midair on January 5.

His life was saved because he was wearing his seatbelt, Tran's attorneys, Timothy Loranger and Ari Friedman from Wisner Baum, said in a news release.

Tran's shoes and socks were sucked out of the plane due to the uncontrolled decompression at an altitude of 16,000 feet.

The attorneys added that the force moved Tran so violently that his foot was cut when it got trapped in the seat in front of him.

"There is a big scar in my leg," Tran told the BBC in an interview.

A video taken from Tran's row and shared by the law firm shows the closest angle of the plane's gaping hole.

Tran's iPhone was also sucked out of the 737 Max, and was later found still intact on the side of a road.

He's one of seven plaintiffs in the latest class-action lawsuit related to the incident. The defendants are Alaska Airlines, Boeing, its supplier Spirit AeroSystems, and 10 unknown people who worked on the plane.

The complaint cites the National Transportation Safety Board's finding in its preliminary report that the jet left Boeing's factory missing key bolts designed to secure the door plug. The 737 Max 9 was delivered to the carrier 66 days before the incident.

"This lawsuit isn't only about the unimaginable fear and suffering of the passengers on that plane, it is about a failure that should have never occurred," Friedman said in the news release.

"We're talking about a gaping hole ripping open mid-flight in the side of a commercial jet," he added. "Properly installed bolts are the difference between safety and disaster, so there is no excuse for why those would be left out, or why quality control checks and routine inspections would miss them."



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