Alaska Airlines plane’s engine cover comes off mid-air; video goes viral

Alaska Airlines planes engine cover comes off mid-air

Alaska Airlines plane’s engine cover comes off mid-air

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An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing after one of its engine covers ripped off mid-air.

A video, widely circulated on social media, showed a part of the flight’s cowling, a removable metal that covers the engine, peeling off and flapping in the wind.

The incident took place shortly after the San Diego-bound plane carrying more than 170 people, including crew members, took off from Seattle. The flight was then diverted back to Seattle.

The video clip was shot by a passenger apparently from the window of the plane. Sharing the clip, the passenger wrote, “We survived”.

In a statement to CNN, Alaska Airlines said, “Flight 558 reported an unusual vibration on the left side of the aircraft soon after departure … The aircraft returned to the airport and landed safely.”

The airlines also said that no injuries were reported among the 176 passengers and six crew members on board, CNN reported.

The plane, however, has been taken out of service and the flyers were rebooked on another flight to San Diego.

An investigation has been initiated by a safety team to ascertain the cause of the issue.

The airlines also said that the two pilots operating the flight had more than 32 years of combined flying experience.