Alaska Airlines plane loses engine panels during emergency landing

by: Michael Bartiromo, Nexstar Media Wire

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(KOIN/NEXSTAR) — An Alaska Airlines flight bound for San Diego was forced to return to Seattle after a piece of panel covering one of its engines began to peel away.

Alaska Airlines Flight 558 experienced an “unusual vibration” shortly after departing Monday morning, prompting the plane to turn back to Sea-Tac International Airport for an emergency landing, Alaska Airlines wrote in a statement.

“A portion of the metal panel that covers the engine, called the cowling, separated from the aircraft during landing,” the carrier confirmed.

A video circulating on social media appears to show the signage flying in the air and breaking after the plane landed at Sea-Tac. Photos shared by a woman who claimed to be a passenger on the flight also showed several tarmac workers surrounding the plane after landing, along with what appeared to be a piece of the cowl resting on the aircraft’s left wing.

Alaska Airlines confirmed the plane, a Boeing 737-900ER, was taken out of service during an investigation. No one on the plane was injured, the airline said.

The carrier also praised its flight crew and flight attendants for facilitating the safe landing and their “enormous professionalism” during the incident.

The 176 passengers have all been booked on alternate flights to San Diego, according to Alaska Airlines.

“We also greatly appreciated the patience of our guests during this event,” the airline said.


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