A United Airlines Engine Begin Disintegrating Mid-Flight And It Was Terrifying

It seems as though most people who are traveling by plane aim to sit in the window seat, giving you the perfect view of all of the scenic landscapes that you’ll be flying over. But if there’s one thing that you don’t want to see while you’re flying thousands of feet above the ocean and are gazing out of your window, it’s the sight of your plane’s engine falling apart. But that’s exactly what happened on one U.S. flight recently:

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Last week, United Airlines Flight 1175 gave passengers a ride that they’ll never forget. While flying from San Francisco to Honolulu, the casing to the plane’s second engine began to disintegrate mid-air. Those on board the Boeing 777-222 say they heard a loud noise like a gunshot outside of their window. Passengers on the right side of the plane lifted up their window shades to find pieces of metal and bolts flying into the sky and ocean, some even hitting the plane. For about 5-minutes after the first startling noise was heard, the plane was reportedly shaking alarmingly.

After requesting an emergency landing, the flight was able to make it to Honolulu safely. After flying for another nearly 40-minutes, passengers were left stuck in the sky on a plane that was heavily vibrating and dealing with turbulence. By the time the plane landed, the entire second engine was exposed and had no casing was left in sight. While the flight was one that any passenger would never hope for, those on board Flight 1175 did commend the airline crew for handling the situation as well as they all did.

After seeing these nerve-racking photos and videos, we’re so glad that every onboard made it off the plane safely! Have you ever had anything like this happen while you were traveling by flight?