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“Everyone Started Calling Their Loved Ones:” Engine Malfunction Sparks Panic

“Everyone Started Calling Their Loved Ones:” Engine Malfunction Sparks Panic
Jackie Reddy

A technical incident that saw a cover come away from the engine of a recent Frontier Airlines flight caused panic among those onboard. The incident occurred last Friday morning, just a few minutes into the journey of a flight from Las Vegas to Tampa, Florida. The aircraft was able to land safely.

A technical malfunction that saw a cover come away from the engine of a Frontier Airlines flight caused panic among those on-board, the Metro reports. The incident, which occurred on Frontier Airlines Flight 260 last Friday, took place just a few minutes into the plane’s journey from Las Vegas to Tampa, Florida.

Offering her eyewitness account of the incident, passenger Jazim Pedraza told ABC News“As the plane started to accelerate, to take off, there were engine pieces flying and the engine had caught a slight fire. … One man started yelling and then everyone was yelling for assistance and pressing the buttons for [the crew] to stop the plane but we had already started taking off.”

“Once we got the attention of the flight attendants, she came and looked out of our windows to see what was going on and then went to call the pilot and got the passengers under control. Everyone started making phone calls to their loved ones and crying and panicking then they announced we will be doing an emergency landing and we stayed in the air for about 10 to 15 minutes until we were able to safely land the plane,” she added.

The craft was carrying 166 persons at the time of the incident.

Commenting on the incident in an official statement quoted by ABC, Frontier said, “Our pilots followed procedure and immediately returned to the airport. The engine continued to operate normally and the aircraft, an Airbus 320, landed safely.”

“Safety is our top priority at Frontier Airlines and we would like to acknowledge the professionalism of our pilots and flight attendants,” it added.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into the incident.

View Comments (3)


  1. ctm78

    December 3, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Jazim Pedraza doesn’t have a clue. If that A320 continued the takeoff roll even after the pilots had undoubtedly received an indicator of engine malfunction, aborting the takeoff was not an option without over-running the end of the runway (i.e., past V1.) Putting the plane in the air was the safest option. So very happy that the pilots (unlike the passengers) did not panic. If we were to listen to the cockpit recorder during the incident, they are probably talking to each other working through the issues and checklists as calmly as most people order their morning coffee. This is what they train for.

  2. mvoight

    December 3, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Maybe the passengers should understand the plane can fly with ONE engine.

  3. toomuch

    December 4, 2018 at 11:23 am

    must have been very frightening for the passengers. Sounds like the cabin crew handled it well as did the pilots.

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