Plane's 'spinner' filmed bouncing around in engine before emergency landing

Daniel Fowler
July 11, 2019

Passengers were praying and trying to text family members moments before a Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing in North Carolina. "Smoke just started rolling into the cabin, everything started vibrating on the ceiling", passenger Tyler Krueger told CNN.

Almost 150 passengers on Delta Flight 1425 were headed from Atlanta to Baltimore on Monday when one of the aircraft's engines had a problem, the airline said.

Footage posted to social media by passenger Logan Webb shows one of the engine's nose cones, also known as a spinner, being tossed around a jet turbine.

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.

However, the plane was able to land safely, and no one was injured.

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Passenger Avery Porch told WMAR-TV that people were very frightened.

The incident happened on board a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft, a 32-year-old, medium-sized plane with 149 passenger seats. It started slowing down a little bit and it was getting hot. The company declined to say if passengers were in danger or describe what went wrong. She praised the actions of the crew, saying they "did an wonderful job in staying and keeping us all calm, while preparing us for an emergency landing". Delta said the aircraft's engine has been replaced and the plane was expected to return to service Wednesday morning.

The maintenance team in Atlanta, the company's main headquarters is believed to be set to take a look at the damaged engine.

Delta has apologised for the inconvenience and gave passengers $45 food vouchers while they waited in Raleigh, according to ABC News.

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