United flight passengers look out window, see worst nightmare
It’s a flyer’s worst fear: Looking out the window of a plane and seeing something wrong with one of its wings.
Now imagine seeing an engine cover come off — in midair — as you’re peering out said window.
That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday during a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Honolulu. The terrifying scene was captured by passengers, who posted photos and videos on social media.
“Scariest flight of my life,” tweeted Maria Falasch, along with several photos of the exposed engine.
“That looks bad,” wrote Erik Haddad. “Plane and simple.”
The United Airlines flight was about 40 minutes away from its destination when the incident happened, KGMB-TV reports.
“There was a loud bang…and then the plane really started shaking,” passenger Allison Sudiacal told the station. “There was a loud boom, and then it was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom.”
Sudiacal had been flying with her 4-month-old-son and feared the worst.
“They let us know that we had to brace for impact in case there was a rough landing,” she said. “It was scary. But they did a really good job.”
The flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Honolulu after passengers notified staff about the missing cover, according to officials.
The National Transportation Safety Board later said that it would be sending a “team of 2” to investigate the incident.
“No injuries reported, flight landed safely at Honolulu Airport,” the agency tweeted.
Fire crews were reportedly waiting for the UA flight on the runway when it landed. The plane was taken out of service and inspected, but the cause of the issue was still unclear as of Tuesday night.