VIDEO: Plane engine cover falls apart in mid-air

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United Airlines flight UA1175 passenger says incident was ‘scariest flight of my life’

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 10:45am

If you’re a nervous flyer, you may want to look away now. Passengers on board a plane which made an emergency landing after one of its engines fell apart in mid-air have shared hair-raising images and video of the disintegrating engine.

United Airlines flight UA1175 from San Francisco was passing over the Pacific Ocean en route to Honolulu when the right-hand engine lost a large part of its cowling, the aluminium shell which covers the inner components.

“There was a loud bang… and then the plane really started shaking,” passenger Allison Sudiacal told NBC News affiliate KHNL.

The twin-engined Boeing 777 was around half an hour from its destination when the incident occurred. After the pilot alerted ground staff to the issue, the plane made an emergency landing on schedule at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Photos taken by passengers show exposed metal and wiring surrounded by tattered flaps of the damaged covering.

One woman on board later tweeted that the incident was “the scariest flight of my life”.

Scariest flight of my life #ua1175 pic.twitter.com/hjCvrJ9VwV

— Maria Falaschi (@mfalaschi) February 13, 2018

pic.twitter.com/k0N5JaRanp

— Haley Ebert (@haleylora) February 13, 2018

Erik Haddad, a Google engineer travelling on the flight, filmed the stricken engine shaking and rattling in the wind.

that looks bad, plane and simple #ua1175 pic.twitter.com/EKXUxDBw9q

— Erik Haddad (@erikhaddad) February 13, 2018

However, he was able to keep his cool, even venturing a joke:

I don’t see anything about this in the manual %u2708%uFE0F#ua1175 pic.twitter.com/yTECg9fxZw

— Erik Haddad (@erikhaddad) February 13, 2018

Emergency services were waiting at the runway as a precaution, but the plane was able to land safely, with no injuries to passengers.

United Airlines confirmed that the flight had been cleared for an emergency …read more

Source:: The Week – All news

      

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