It is not something you would want to see outside an airplane window thousands of feet in the air: a piece of metal rattling around like a roulette ball in the walls of a failed engine, set against a blur or spiraling bright orange
That sight was captured amid panic and potential final goodbye texts among the passengers on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Baltimore on Monday, when the engine failure prompted an emergency landing in Raleigh.
"After we heard the tree, we just saw this smoke coming up into the cabin, and that when we really started freaking out," passenger Avery Porch told WMAR. “It started slowing down a bit. It was getting hot. The air cut off. ”
Tyler Kreuger, Porch's boyfriend, is next to contemplated a grim possibility.
“ I pulled out my phone, and I didn't have service, ”told WMAR. "I just texted my mom 'I love you," I texted my dad' I love you. '"
In a statement, Delta Air Lines said Flight 1
An earlier statement from Delta called the failure of a possible incident – an instant classic in corporate understatements. The company declined to say whether passengers were in danger or described what went wrong.
Media reports indicated Delta offered passengers $ 30 food vouchers if they waited for a flight out of Raleigh, and CNN reported the plane was back in service Wednesday engine was replaced
The aircraft involved is an MD-88, the oldest in service by any airline, which is slated to retire next year, according to Bloomberg News. Coined by pilots as "Mad Dog," the notoriously loud, cramped and antiquated planes are so reviled by pilots that Delta has offered to fast-track young pilots to the captain's chair if they agree to fly them, Bloomberg News reported.
"Bahamonde-Gonzalez has a positive view of Delta's response.
" Delta needs to retire those MD-88s, they are too old, "Bahamonde-Gonzalez told customs. 19659014] "I had a weird, honest sense of calm over me, like I almost knew that they were going to take care of it, and they did," Porch said. “I don't think I'd be getting a plane again being reassured that they did it the way they did.”
But Kreuger had a different takeaway.
pop out of my head, ”he said of the loud noise. "It was very, very scary."
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