Chicago-Bound Flight Diverted Monday After Engine Catches Fire
Travel during the holiday season is supposed to be an adventure, right? Maybe not quite to this level.
A United Airlines flight from San Diego was forced to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque after flames were seen shooting from one of the plane’s engines.
The Chicago-bound flight landed safely in New Mexico early Monday and United arranged for a different plane to get customers to their destination, the company said in a statement to CNN.
One of the passengers, Thomas Chorny, recorded a video of the incident while sitting in seat 34F with a view of the right wing.
The plane started to shake a bit like it was hitting turbulence, but the wings were perfectly still. I was halfway falling asleep but opened my eyes to look out the window and saw flames shooting from the right engine. They shut down the engine to idle, and the flames went out and then they started banking left for quite a while and we dropped a bunch of altitude. It took another 10 minutes or so before they announced that we would be landing at Albuquerque.
Chorny said there may have been only three people who saw the flames and he didn’t talk about it with anybody else “because I didn’t want to freak people out.”
If it seems like it was just a few weeks ago that something like this happened, it's because it was just a few weeks ago: