Alaska B739 at Seattle on Apr 13th 2015, involuntary stowaway

Last Update: April 14, 2015 / 20:03:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 13, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AS-448

Aircraft Registration
N464AS

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-900

ICAO Type Designator
B739

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900, registration N464AS performing flight AS-448 from Seattle,WA to Los Angeles,CA (USA), was in the initial climb out of Seattle's runway 16L when the crew reported hearing banging from the underside of the aircraft, stopped the climb at 5000 feet and returned to Seattle for a safe landing on runway 16L about 14 minutes after departure. After landing a ramp worker was released from the front cargo hold and taken to a hospital.

The airline confirmed that a ramp worker was found inside the forward cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature controlled, after the crew heard banging from the underside of the aircraft immediately after becoming airborne. The ramp worker appeared okay but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The airline later added, that the employee had started to work at 05:00L, his shift was scheduled to end at 14:30L just at the departure of the aircraft. The ground handling team noticed that one of the team members was missing in a huddle before departure of the aircraft, the member didn't answer to calls, phone calls and text messages, a collegue believed he might have ended his shift and probably had gone home.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N464AS
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
BOEING
Aircraft Model / Type
737-990ER
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
B739
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Engine Count
Engine Manufacturer
Engine Model
Engine Type
Pounds of Thrust
Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 13, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AS-448

Aircraft Registration
N464AS

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-900

ICAO Type Designator
B739

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