Delta Emergency Landing Leaves 3 Injured

A Delta flight headed to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Atlanta shortly after takeoff Monday night, reportedly leaving three injured passengers.

According to WXIA-TV in Atlanta, the flight landed safely but three passengers were injured as they exited using the evacuation slides, Delta spokeswoman Chris Singley said. They were then transported to hospitals for minor injuries.

CNN reports that an engine issue was to blame for the emergency landing. Flight 1323 departed around 11:50 p.m., only to return to the tarmac shortly after midnight. Several reports from local news stations claim there was an engine fire, but Delta has not yet confirmed.

Joseph Nguyen, a passenger on the flight, spoke with CBS Atlanta, saying he became nervous shortly after takeoff.

"We were not climbing very fast. The TVs turned off and then we get an announcement that we're going back to the airport," Nguyen said. "Some people on the left side of the plane saw a flash shortly after takeoff. As soon as we were on the tarmac, they got us off the plane. Fire trucks came out and sprayed the engine."

ESPN WNBA reporter Rebecca Lobo, who was on board, sent several Tweets once the flight landed safely. "Just told by another passenger that something flew into left engine & it was on fire the 20 minutes we were on air." She later Tweeted: "Just drove past charred left engine. So glad I didn't have my kids on this flight."

Delta made arrangements for the passengers to leave for Los Angeles early Tuesday.

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