A Delta airlines flight from Atlanta to Baltimore made an emergency landing on Monday, but video that shows just why pilots decided to get the plane on the ground has gone viral.
Video posted to the Twitter account of Logan Webb (@micahlifa) shows metal debris rattling around in one of the engines, as seen from his window seat aboard flight 1425, which made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Media outlets reported that passengers heard a loud pop during flight, and passengers were scared on the way down.
“The lady next to me, she had a devotional and we just all held hands and prayed,” Tyler Krueger told Raleigh, North Carolina TV station WRAL. “I texted my mom right away ‘I love you’ but it just kept going red. It wouldn’t send.”
Delta said in a statement that “The flight crew of Delta flight 1425 from Atlanta to Baltimore elected to divert to Raleigh, N.C. after receiving an indication of an issue with one of the aircraft’s engines. The flight landed without incident and customers were reaccommodated on an alternate aircraft. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience this diversion may have caused."
Delta said there were 148 customers on board the MD-88 aircraft, and all were offered a gesture of service recovery as an apology.
The engine on the aircraft has been replaced, and Delta expects to return the airplane to service Wednesday evening.
What exactly the small, cone-shaped object rattling around in engine isn’t clear, but the video has nearly 1 million views since Monday.
Delta said the damaged engine will be sent to Atlanta for a maintenance evaluation.
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