This is not something you would like to see outside of an airplane window at thousands of feet in the air: a piece of metal slamming like a roulette ball in the walls of a broken engine, placed against a spiral bright orange blur.
This view was captured in a climate of panic and the latest potential farewell messages among the 148 passengers of a Delta flight between Atlanta and Baltimore on Monday, when the engine failure caused an emergency landing. in Raleigh.
Some passengers said they heard a loud noise. Then things went south.
"After hearing the boom, we saw all that smoke coming up in the cabin, and that's when we really started to panic," said passenger Avery Porch. said WMAR. "It started to slow down a bit. It was getting hot. The air was cut.
Tyler Kreuger, Porch's boyfriend, sat next to her and contemplated terrible possibilities.
"I took out my phone and I know I do not have any service," Kreuger told WMAR. "I just texted my mom" I like you ", I texted my dad" I like you "."
In a statement, Delta Air Lines said the 1425 flight had been baffled "after receiving an indication of a problem with one of the aircraft engines".
In an earlier statement from Delta, failure was a "possible incident," a classic underestimation of business. The company refused to say whether the passengers were in danger or to describe what was wrong.
Media reported that Delta was offering passengers vouchers valued at $ 30 while they were waiting for a flight from Raleigh, and CNN announced that the plane was again in service Wednesday after engine replacement.
The plane in question is an MD-88, the oldest in service of all airlines, which is expected to retire next year, according to Bloomberg News. The aircraft nicknamed by the "Mad Dog" pilots, are reputed to be so upset about the planes that Delta offered to accompany the young pilots to the captain's chair if they agreed to fly them, Bloomberg reported. News.
The age of the plane has not been lost for passengers.
"Delta needs to retire these MD-88s, they are too old," said Jose Bahamonde-Gonzalez at WMAR.
Porch had a positive view of Delta's response.
"I had a strange feeling of calm on me, as if I almost knew that they were going to take care of it, and they did it," Porch said. "I do not think I would be shy to get on a plane, being reassured that they are managing it as they did."
But Kreuger had another takeaway.
"I can not get out of that head and that head," he says of the loud noise. "It was very very scary."
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