Leonardo DiCaprio's Delta Flight Forced to Make Emergency Landing
Moscow-bound Delta Flight 30 had just taken off when other pilots reported seeing a flash coming from an engine of the departing plane.
Captain E.C. Anderson reported his left engine "just went bang" and stopped working immediately after the plane took off.
"I've been doing this a long time and I have never seen anything like that," he said according to the Daily Mail.
The lights in the passenger cabin went dark, and for a tense hour the plane circled the city as it dumped fuel to ensure the plane was light enough to land. The jet was carrying 60,000 pounds of fuel for the nine-hour flight.
The plane made a safe return to the airport, where crews are putting a new engine on the airliner and plane to return it to service, Delta spokesman Anthony Black told Associated Press.
DiCaprio was traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia, in order to attend the Tiger Summit, a four-day meeting to discuss ways to prevent the extinction of the animals. DiCaprio announced today he would be donating one million dollars to the World Wildlife Fund to help the cause.
Upon landing, the star signed autographs in order to lighten the mood. Later, he issued a statement wishing to "commend the action of the pilot and flight crew in bringing the plane to a safe landing."