Chaos broke out on a Delta flight to Baltimore on Monday when one of the plane’s engines failed mid-flight, causing a loud “boom” and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing, passengers and the airline said.
Some of the 148 people aboard flight 1425 said they heard the loud noise and smoke creep into the cabin about an hour after takeoff from Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson International.
“That’s when we really started to freak out,” Avery Porch, who was sitting next to her boyfriend, Tyler Kreuger, told WMAR-Baltimore.
“I was about to be the first person to jump off,” Porch added. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is a 30-something pound door. I’m going to have to throw it in the seat and jump off and actually help people out.’”
Her boyfriend said he started to fear the worst.
“I pulled out my phone, and I know I didn’t have service,” said Kreuger. “I just texted my mom ‘I love you,’ I texted my dad ‘I love you.’ ”
Another traveler, Jose Bahamonde-Gonzalez, said the captain came on the loudspeaker and “said that we had lost an engine and that they were making preparations to have an emergency landing.”
The plane — a 32-year-old MD-88 — safely landed at Raleigh-Durham International in North Carolina around 2:27 p.m., according to FlightAware. There were no reported injuries.
In a statement to ABC News, Delta said the flight crew had received “an indication of a possible issue with one of the aircraft’s engines.”
Travelers also reportedly received $30 food vouchers to use while they waited for their next flight. They made it to Baltimore at around 8:30 p.m., instead of the scheduled 2 p.m.