Southwest plane’s engine burst into flames in the air
A Southwest plane’s right engine burst into flames forcing an emergency landing. None of the passengers were reportedly injured. You have to see it to believe it.
A Southwest Airlines flight heading from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing after one of its engines caught fire moments after the start on Monday morning.
Southwest Airlines Flight 604 departed from Salt Lake City International Airport at 6:40 pm, but soon began to experience what the Southwest has called a “performance issue” with an engine.
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“The pilots of the flight 604 operating today from the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) elected to return to SLC after receiving a cockpit indication of a performance problem with one of the aircraft,” said Southwest in a statement.
“Following established protocol and procedures, the pilots completed a smooth landing.”
Nancy Volmer, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City International Airport, confirmed that none of the passengers were injured, the Associated Press reported.
Reddit user Ben McConkie has managed to capture images of the aircraft from the ground, who claims that he was alerted to the incident after hearing “loud banging noises” from the overhead.
I walked to work this morning and heard loud popping sounds. I looked up and saw the flames coming from this plane. r/SaltLakeCity
“Well, that doesn’t look good. Hopefully they are back down again,” wrote one commentator on McConkie post.
Another simply wrote, “OH MY GOD!! OH MY GOD!! LOOK AT THAT AIRPLANE!! LOOK!!!”
Response discussion I walked to work this morning and heard loud popping sounds. I looked up and saw the flames coming from this plane..
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Southwest passengers were moved to a new aircraft to continue their journey to Los Angeles International Airport. The airline apologized to the affected passengers.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, but safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines,” said a spokesman.