James J. Ryan
Summary: flight attendant for Alaska Airlines based at Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon who was among one of 88 passengers and crew members aboard the ill-fated Alaska Airlines Flight 261 when the twin-engine MD-83 jetliner, which took off from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and bound for Seattle, Washington, spiraled downward out of control and crashed nose-first into the Pacific Ocean off the sunny coast of southern California after the pilot reported problems with the horizontal stabilizer, a wing-like structure on the tail that controls the pitch of the aircraft's nose, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the jackscrew was not lubricated adequately by Alaska's maintenance facilities and caused the stripping of the threads from a nut that held the bolt.
Cause of Death: Airplane accident
Born: January 28, 1970
Died: January 31, 2000
Location: Port Hueneme, California