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BREAKING United 777 Suffers Engine Failure Over Pacific, Lands Safely In Hawaii

United Flight 1175 was the “scariest flight of my life”, tweets one passenger

Passengers flew into a panic as they watched an engine cowling fly off in the middle of a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu today, about 40 minutes before it was scheduled to land. Erik Haddad was a passenger on UA#1175 and filmed this video:

Allison Sudiacal, who was traveling with her family and 4-month-old son, told Hawaii News Now, “There was a loud bang … and then the plane really started shaking. There was a loud boom and then it was like rattling and the plane was kind of shaking like boom, boom, boom.”

United said pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the plane. Sudiacal added, “It was scary. But they did a really good job.”

Passenger Maria Falaschi tweeted that the flight was one of the scariest moments of her life.

The Boeing 777’s engine damage looked similar to the Air France A380 last year and Southwest 737 damage in 2016.

United Airlines has issued a statement, saying all passengers “deplaned normally at the gate.” The airline says the incident “called for an emergency landing due to a mechanical issue.” As a precaution, fire trucks and emergency personnel were on the scene when the plane landed.

363 passengers and 10 crew members were on board. The NTSB and FAA are investigating.

Editors note:  We originally called this an uncontained engine failure.  However, we changed the title to reflect the fact that there is no statement yet that any engine blades escaped the damaged cowling.  We will continue to update the story as we get more information.

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Kim Clark

Written by Kim Clark

Former CNN Radio News Network anchor Kim Clark is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in the aviation industry and financial markets. She currently freelances for S&P Global and works as a club and event Disc Jockey in Atlanta, Georgia, after having held positions doing news on radio morning shows and holding down the position of Music Director of commercial radio stations owned by Cumulus and Clear Channel.

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