NTSB Investigating Engine Failure on Delta Flight Out of Atlanta
ATLANTA, GA. – September 6, 2018 (katu.com) According to an online news report from katu.com, the National Transportation Safety Board is opening an investigation into an engine failure that occurred September 5 on a Delta Flight out of Atlanta, Georgia.*
Delta Flight 1418 took off from Atlanta around 11 p.m. September 5 and was bound for Orlando, Florida. Shortly into the flight, the plane, a Boeing 757-200 jet, experienced an “uncontained engine failure,” meaning rotating parts inside one of the engines broke away. Data from FlightAware.com shows the jet reached an altitude of 18,000 feet eight minutes into the flight, after which it slowed down, leveled off, and began a measured descent back into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The plane was in the air for less than 30 minutes total.
NTSB says 127 people were on board the plane, and no one was injured. The pilot shut off the affected engine during the flight and performed a controlled landing at the airport. Passengers told reporters that the pilot did a great job handling the issue.
An uncontained engine failure is what occurred earlier this year on a deadly Southwest flight. Passenger Jennifer Riordan died April 17 on Southwest Flight 1380 when shrapnel from one of the plane’s engines pierced a window. Riordan was sitting in the seat next to the broken window and was partially sucked out of the window after the shrapnel hit. She suffered blunt force injuries and did not survive. NTSB is in the process of investigating this incident, as well, and plans to conduct a hearing on the matter November 14.
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