Air­line’s Boe­ing 737 en­gine falls to pieces af­ter in­flight ex­plo­sion

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New Or­leans: A South­west Air­lines Boe­ing 737 with 99 peo­ple aboard made an emer­gency land­ing af­ter an in­flight ex­plo­sion rav­aged the plane’s left en­gine. No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported.

“It was just a big ex­plo­sion,” a pas­sen­ger who was aboard the plane told KOCO 5 news out­let. “I saw parts flap­ping in the wind be­cause it was right out­side my win­dow,” the woman added.

The plane had to di­vert af­ter start­ing from New Or­leans Pen­sacola air­port en route to Or­lando. The pic­ture posted on so­cial me­dia showed the left en­gine of the air­craft with parts of it ripped off. Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, citied by air­live, the plane started to de­scend quickly af­ter the blast, with peo­ple aboard scream­ing.

The air­craft then landed safely “with­out in­ci­dent at Pen­sacola In­ter­na­tional air­port” at 9:40am lo­cal time, the com­pany said fur­ther. No in­juries were re­ported ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

It is not clear what led to the in­ci­dent, with au­thor­i­ties now look­ing for the cause. RT

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