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.