‘This is not men­tioned in the man­ual!’ - plane lands after en­gine cover falls off

The Guardian - - NEWS - Eleanor Ainge Roy

A United Air­lines plane fly­ing to Hawaii was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing after its en­gine be­gan to fall apart mid-air.

In what was de­scribed as “the scari­est flight of my life” by one pas­sen­ger, pho­tos and videos taken through the win­dows showed an ex­posed en­gine shak­ing in mid-air after the en­gine cover broke away.

The drama on board the Boe­ing 777222 be­gan after a loud bang was heard roughly 35 min­utes be­fore the flight was sched­uled to land in Honolulu. The pi­lots im­me­di­ately sent a dis­tress call and were forced to make an emer­gency land­ing.

A Google en­gi­neer on board, Erik Had­dad, who had a clear view of the ex­posed en­gine, ap­par­ently re­mained calm through­out the in­ci­dent, up­load­ing pho­tos to Twit­ter and quip­ping: “I don’t see any­thing about this in the man­ual.”

An­other pas­sen­ger, Maria Falaschi, who up­loaded dra­matic pic­tures, said it was the “scari­est flight of my life” but the pi­lots did “a great job and so did the crew”, adding that the pas­sen­gers were pre­pared for an emer­gency land­ing by crew who “han­dled it well”.

United Air­lines said the flight landed safely at 12.38pm. “United flight 1175 trav­el­ling to Honolulu from San Fran­cisco landed safely after the pi­lots called for an emer­gency land­ing be­cause of an is­sue with the #2 en­gine. Our pi­lots fol­lowed all nec­es­sary pro­to­cols to safely land the air­craft.”

Air­craft res­cue and fire­fight­ers met the plane on the tar­mac, United said. “The air­craft tax­ied to the gate and pas­sen­gers de­planed nor­mally. ”

United added that it was “fully co­op­er­at­ing” with in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board.

United told Busi­ness In­sider that the plane was pur­chased in 1994, which makes it one of the first Boe­ing 777s ever sold. The 777 is the world’s largest twin­jet.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: ERIK HAD­DAD/TWIT­TER

A pas­sen­ger, Erik Had­dad, poses with a safety guide after an en­gine cover came off his Amer­i­can Air­lines flight to Honolulu, main. Ground crew in­spect the dam­age, left, after a safe emer­gency land­ing

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