Passengers on board a Delta Airlines flight in the US have recalled the frightening moments when an engine malfunction forced their plane to make an emergency landing.
Video shot by a passenger showed what appeared to be a nose cone loose inside one of the engines.
Witnesses say there was a loud bang and the cabin filled with smoke.
Delta Flight 1425, travelling from Atlanta to Baltimore with 154 individuals, landed safely in North Carolina.
No injuries were reported. In a statement, Delta said there had been a contained failure in one of the engines, ABC News reported.
“The crew of Delta flight 1425 from Atlanta to Baltimore elected to divert to Raleigh, NC, out of an abundance of caution after receiving a sign of a possible issue with one of many aircraft’s engines,” a spokesperson informed US media.
Passenger Logan Webb posted video on social media showing a steel part moving around inside the engine with an orange glow behind it.
One other passenger, Avery Porch, heard “a boom” about an hour into the flight and smoke began to fill the cabin, she informed WMAR-TV.
“That’s once we really began freaking out. It [the plane] started slowing down a bit [and] the air cut off,” she stated.
Her boyfriend, Tyler Kreuger, mentioned that, fearing the worst, he had texted “I love you” to his parents.
The captain announced the plane had lost an engine and preparations were being made for an emergency landing, passenger Jose Bahamonde-Gonzalez informed WMAR-TV.
Video shot inside the cabin recorded flight attendants telling passengers to brace for the touchdown at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
The airplane involved was a 32-year-old McDonnell Douglas MD-88, ABC reports.