Midair video shows United plane's engine exposed before emergency landing

A United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing on Sunday morning after part of the engine became exposed while it was in the air.

Passenger recorded footage shows the plane’s casing peeling back while en route from Denver to Orlando.

The metal surrounding the engine on the Boeing 737 appeared to cowl, scaring passengers and forcing an emergency landing. There were no reported injuries.

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Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc., right, and Ed Bastian, chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines Inc., speak before the start of an airline executive meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Trump assured U.S. airline executives that his administration would help them compete with foreign carriers that he said are subsidized by their governments, and promised infrastructure upgrades, lower regulation and tax relief. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: United Airlines Dreamliner 787 taking off from LAX on October 03, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: A United Airlines 787 prepares to depart from London Heathrow International Airport's Terminal 2 on September 13, 2016, in London, England. The collapse of Great Britain appears to have been greatly exaggerated given the late summer crowds visiting city museums, hotels, and other important tourist attractions. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Oscar Munoz, President and CEO of United Airlines, attends a meeting with airline industry executives hosted by US President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 9, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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“United flight 293 from Denver to Orlando returned to the airport due to a mechanical issue with one of the engines,” United Airlines said in a statement to NBC News. “The flight landed safely and taxied to a gate where customers deplaned normally. Customers have departed on a different aircraft to Orlando.”

A similar incident occurred on a United Airlines flight last year from California to Hawaii, which made an emergency landing when one of the 777’s engines became exposed.

The incident on the Boeing plane comes as the company is under new scrutiny from the FAA after structural cracks were found some of Boeing’s 737 Next Generation planes.

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