Passengers onboard a United plane traveling from California to Hawaii suffered a major scare Tuesday after noticing the plane’s engine cover had fallen off.
Photos posted to social media appeared to show one of the Honolulu-bound jet engine shells falling off the Boeing 777. The plane made an emergency landing at around 1:00 p.m., according to Hawaii News Now.
#ua1175 so glad we are all safe after our emergency landing. pic.twitter.com/bltAPWzYhn
— Haley Ebert (@haleylora) February 13, 2018
The ordeal rattled passengers.
Allison Sudiacal, who was on the plane, told Hawaii News Now that the plane began to shake after she heard a “loud bang.”
Scariest flight of my life #ua1175 pic.twitter.com/hjCvrJ9VwV
— Maria Falaschi (@mfalaschi) February 13, 2018
“There was a loud boom and then it was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom,” she said.
Sudiacal’s husband, Tim, called the incident “absolutely terrifiying.”
The plane’s “pilots called for an emergency landing because of a loss of the engine cowling (the covering of the engine,” the airline said in a statement.
“Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft. The aircraft taxied to the gate and passengers deplaned normally,” the statement read.
A spokesperson for the FAA said that the pilots felt a vibration in the right engine. The FAA said it would investigate the incident.
Hawaii’s Department of Transportation said that Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting personnel was “standing by as a precaution” as the plane landed.
The Boeing 777 has two engines and the company said it was designed to fly with only one engine for several hours.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
4 thoughts on “United Airlines passengers rattled after plane’s engine shell falls off”
This is the result of numbers-crunchers finding news way to reduce maintenance costs.
“If we lay off half the safety inspectors, we can save a ton of money every year”.
We’re living in a world in which Zionists have convinced everyone that human life is worthless, and all that matters is how many Jew nickels you can sock away. The slow, but sure conditioning process has finally turned Americans into a nation of cheap whores who value only money.
Honor? Integrity? Bravery? ….. all laughable virtues now. Hollywood says “greed is good” and that’s who does the thinking for most Americans now.
some people over think stuff, or panic about things that really dont warrant it
this is a kin to you losing a hub cap while flying down the highway
its not going to stop the plane from flying , and it didnt blow off as in explosion (all combustion in that engine happens way behind this area of the engine )
now I want to also say I completely agree with JR’s comment above ..
and no this kind of shit aint good, but its not the first time , and it wont be the last time this will happen , and attention to details in this country when it comes to maintenance of equipment has fallen to the bottom of the barrel no doubt , but as a pilot we are trained to deal with shit like this, why? because it happens ..and more then you would think
now the people I’d be more concerned with is those walking on the ground having the cowling of a passenger jet engine come crashing down on their heads, (the engine didnt fall off just the aluminum outer shell of the front intake area of the jet engine).. maybe we will all get lucky and it will be some government stooge that gets nailed … look at the silver lining and the glass half full
Look at how many Boeing Jets that made it back in WW2 all shot and beat to Fk, and still flew and landed
Look at the brightside.
It was just an engine shell.
It really could have been worse.
You could be at home in the middle of nowhere Kansas.
When an unidentified flying object that looks like a blue ice block full of turds.
Accidentally jettisoned from a plane…
Crashes into your living room.
Taking out your call of duty xbox game while your watching porn on your computer.
Talkin about a buzz kill.