Passengers on board a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu got quite a scare Tuesday when an engine covering apparently came off mid-flight.
United Airlines flight 1175 made an emergency landing at Honolulu’s airport about 1:02 p.m.
The plane was able to land safely and there were no reports of injuries.
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But passengers said there were some tense moments after the engine problem, which happened about 40 minutes before the plane was due to land.
“There was a loud bang … and then the plane really started shaking,” said passenger Allison Sudiacal. “There was a loud boom and then it was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom.”
The good news: Sudiacal said despite the scary moments mid-air, the plane landed fairly smoothly.
“They kept us informed,” said Sudiacal, who was traveling with her husband, 4-month-old son and parents-in-law.
“They let us know that we had to brace for impact in case there was a rough landing. It was scary. But they did a really good job.”
Sudiacal’s husband, Tim, called the flight “absolutely terrifying.”
He said he couldn’t see the problem engine from where he was sitting. “I think sometimes ignorance is bliss,” he quipped.
It wasn’t immediately clear what went wrong, but photos appear to show the plane with a missing engine cowling, or covering.
Audio of the pilot’s discussions with air traffic control in Honolulu illustrate the tense moments just before landing.
Pilot: “If you haven’t already, roll the fire trucks.”
Air traffic control: “They will be standing by.”
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In a statement, the state Transportation Department said the United flight landed safely with Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel standing by as a precaution. The plane has been taken to a hangar, the department said, and the incident didn’t spur any delays at the airport.
This story will be updated.
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