Delta Plane Engine Fails Forcing Emergency Landing
The engine of a Delta plane failed on takeoff from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, shredding small parts, and forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing.
The Minneapolis-bound 737-800 plane landed safely, and there were no injuries among the 119 passengers and six crew members onboard.
Delta tried to downplay the incident, with spokesman Anthony Black telling AOL Travel News that Flight 1846 "was climbing during takeoff when the pilots received an indicator warning of a possible problem with one of their engines. As a precautionary measure, they elected to return to FLL."
Black says once on the ground, the engine was "determined to be damaged."
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman tells the Associated Press the engine on the plane experienced a "contained" failure, where pieces fly out the back. A situation where pieces could pierce the engine cover would be more dangerous.
Deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Office recovered small pieces that appeared to be from the damaged engine near the airport, the department says in a statement.
The ejected pieces may be small and insignificant turbine blades, reports Bloomberg.
The engine was trucked to Delta's home base of Atlanta for inspection to figure out the cause of the damage, Black says.
Passengers were put on another plane and arrived in Minneapolis 3 ½ hours later than scheduled.
Meanwhile, a new engine was being trucked in to replace the damaged one, and the aircraft involved in the incident was expected to be back in service today, Black says.
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