Published: Thu, February 15, 2018

United Airlines plane flying without engine cover, lands safely

United Airlines plane flying without engine cover, lands safely

Hobart said he could not immediately say whether or not the engine on the Boeing 777 continued to function after the cowling came off.

A United Airlines flight was forced to land in Honolulu after losing part of an engine, it was announced Tuesday.

In this photo, a United Airlines flight is pictured taking off from San Francisco International Airport as it travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 7, 2017.

Flight attendants can be heard to scream "Brace, Brace, Brace!" on several videos posted to social media before passengers erupt into applause as the plane safely lands.

Google engineer Erik Haddad appeared to remain calm throughout, despite having the flawless view of the fault.

According to KHNL, audio of the plane's conversation with air traffic control in Honolulu just before landing includes the pilot telling them: "If you haven't already, roll the fire trucks". The 363 passengers say the 10 crew members did their best to keep people calming, warning them it could be a rough landing.

Falaschi said the pilots and flight crew "did a great job" throughout the ordeal.


The sight of an engine covering ripping off a plane mid-flight shocked passengers travelling from San Francisco to Honolulu.

The images showed the engine completely stripped back, with apparently half an hour left until it was due to touch down.

Erik Haddad, a Google engineer on the flight, tweeted out video of the damaged engine, writing: "That looks bad, plane and simple".

Another passenger called it the "scariest flight of [her] life".

When asked for comment United Airlines provided the following statement.

The Boeing 777 has two engines and the company said it was created to fly with only one engine for several hours.

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