Normally, the Airbus A320 is viewed as a very safe plane.
Scared passengers were left with no option but to keep screaming and calling their loved ones fearing for their lives. The plane’s right engine’s cover had opened up mid-flight. The engine cover of the Airbus 320, shortly after take off from Las Vegas yesterday, was left hanging by a few wires to the rest of the plane’s body. Passengers on board the Frontier Airlines flight to Florida were able to take footage during the nerve chilling 15-minute ordeal. This finally forced an emergency landing. A video, shot by Jazmin Pedraza from North Las Vegas, shows the engine cover torn apart.
She said people knew something was wrong prior to take off when a strange smell came through the vents, then they had a rocky take off before looking out the window and noticing the ripped-up engine cowling.
Flight 260 was forced to turn around as passengers “jumped up screaming, slamming on the roof yelling ‘stop’,” according to Brandon Rittiman on Twitter.
The crew requested a return to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and landed safely at 7.27am – just 15 minutes after take off.
All 166 passengers and six crew members were unharmed.
More footage, shot by Joseph Feifer, shows the peeled back engine cover exposing wiring underneath and the Las Vegas desert hundreds of feet below.
“The engine continued to operate normally and the aircraft, an Airbus 320, landed safely,” the airline reassured its customers.
A spokesman added: “During takeoff on Frontier flight 260 from Las Vegas to Tampa today, a section of an engine cover came loose and separated from the aircraft.
“Pilots immediately returned to airport.
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“The engine continued to operate normally and the Airbus 320, landed safely.”
To compensate passengers for the terrifying experience, the airline is said to have handed out free breakfast vouchers, a full refund and a $500 voucher for a future flight.
Travellers were also transferred onto flights on other airlines so they could get to Florida.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.