A plane performing a flight in the US had to be landed on emergency after one of the engines was literally ripped apart, writes BBC. The machine of the airline Southwest Airlines – was flying from New Orleans to Orlando when passengers saw with horror that a part of the engine is “eaten”.
The pilots managed to land the plane successfully, then a spokesman for the airline stated that there was no explosion.
However, Stephanie Miller, who was on Flight 3472, told the ABC News: “We heard a loud boom at about 10,000 feet. Sounded like a 18 wheeler tire blowing and we started smelling smoke.”
Data show that the plane was able to come down from a height of 9144 to 3048 meters in 8 minutes. It was diverted to Pensacola, Florida, where it landed successfully.
None of the 99 passengers and five crew members was injured. The plane was disused. An investigation is ongoing.
Such an accident is extremely rare, experts say.