Passenger films horrifying footage of plane's engine breaking during takeoff
Imagine you are all excited to start your vacation, you get on the plane, the engines are on, the aircraft accelerates and you film the take off to show all your friends when all of the sudden you see that a part of the plane rips off. Nothing can be done to stop it.
This nightmare is exactly what happened to a Sky Airlines passenger who was flying from Santiago in Chile to Copiapo on a plane that was carrying 137 people. The passenger was simply filming the departure from a smartphone when the coating of one of the engines suddenly detached from the plane and got lifted and ripped out by the wind. The aircraft can be seen continuing the take-off, but the pilot performed an emergency landing shortly after. According to the Daily Mail, the passengers were put onto another flight and pilot Patrick Smith said:
A portion of the engine cowling became unlatched - because perhaps it was not latched properly to begin with, got caught in the windstream and was torn off. The cowling section itself is nothing immediately critical; it's just a cover. You can compare it, maybe, to the bonnet that covers the engine in your car. Damage to the engine wasn't the problem. The danger was in the piece striking some other portion of the airframe as it sheared away - namely the wings, the tail, or the aft stabilizers.
Here are some photos that passengers posted on Twitter after the accident:
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