Spirit Airways emergency lands as engine tears off

Published on : Sunday, November 10, 2013

emergency-landing1Apparently, during the last few weeks there have been too many emergency landings by aircraft from various airlines. And this doesn’t bode well for the aviation industry. Isabel Capuano was on a flight to Florida when she looked out the window she got the fright of her life as she saw a piece of the aircraft fly off.


At first, it appeared to be a piece of an engine cover lifting up. Then, “the whole thing just tore off and flew into the air,” she told CNN affiliate WLS in Chicago. The engine was exposed. “I wanted to get off of it right away.”


The Spirit Airlines flight out of O’Hare airport, en route to Fort Lauderdale Saturday morning, made an emergency landing back at O’Hare.


“Shortly after takeoff, a passenger observed an engine cowling on the right side had left the
aircraft,” said Elizabeth Cory, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.


“We are actively investigating to confirm the specifics of what happened and the cause,” Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson said. “We are currently inspecting the aircraft and the right engine cowlings that were recovered on airport property.”


Passengers were booked on other flights or offered refunds.

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