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Alaska Flight 261 Crash Probe Is Reopened

March 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Federal authorities have reopened a criminal investigation into the January 2000 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, Alaska Air Group disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Flight 261 was headed to San Francisco from Mexico on Jan. 31, 2000, when it crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Port Hueneme, killing all 88 on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled in December that poor maintenance led to a failure in the jet's tailpiece.

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