Delta engine falls apart midflight before emergency landing

A Delta Airlines airplane takes off from Atlanta International Airport Georgia

"After we heard the boom, we just saw all this smoke come up into the cabin, and that's when we really started freaking out", another passenger told CNN.

In 2017, Bloomberg reported that Delta had taken to offering junior pilots fast-track to captain status if they agreed to fly routes using the jet - which Delta is planning to retire by 2020. In a video posted to Twitter by user Logan Webb, one of Delta Flight 1425's engines can be seen with what appears to be its spinner completely detached and rattling around in the inlet, all while an extremely ominous orange glow emanates from deeper within from the still-spinning shaft.

Porch's boyfriend, Tyler Kreuger, said he was afraid he would die. "It [the plane] started slowing down a bit [and] the air cut off", she said.

The plane made a safe emergency landing in Raleigh, North Carolina about an hour into the flight from Atlanta to Baltimore.

"I pulled out my phone, and I know I didn't have service", Kreuger said.

Another passenger said: "After, the cabin filled with smoke and seat belt signs went on and off, and you could smell something was burning".


In addition to the flight crew, 148 passengers were onboard the MD-88, which was bound for Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

Needham said: "We're not sure why the plane malfunctioned or what the cause was". "We heard and felt everything", he told ABC11.

The plane landed safely and all passengers were booked on alternate flights to Baltimore.

Gizmodo have reported passengers were given $30 (£24) food vouchers while they waited in Raleigh.

Passengers were rebooked on another flight to Atlanta later that day.

A Delta spokesperson said the aircraft's engine had been replaced and the airline's maintenance team had been tasked with examining the damaged part.

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