Terrified passengers on a flight from Las Vegas to Florida were left screaming after witnessing part of the plane’s engine appear to fall apart in mid-air.

video shared on social media shows the engine's protective casing becoming loose, exposing the interior mechanism.

Brandon Rittiman, anchor for the US news channel ABC10, shared a picture on social media that his friend, passenger CJ Gunnerson, had captured onboard Frontier flight 260.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

“The hatch came up and ripped off during take-off,“ Gunnerson told Rittiman. “People were jumping up screaming, slamming on the roof. Yelling stop.”

The damaged plane was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing in Las Vegas. 

It is believed that 171 passengers and six crew members were onboard the flight, which departed for Tampa airport at 7.12am local time on 30 November.

According to the airline, the plane landed safely and there were no injuries, with the airline stating on Twitter that “safety is our top priority".

A spokesperson for Frontier, Allison Redmon, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the passengers onboard had been issued a refund for the flight, a $500 voucher for future travel with Frontier and breakfast vouchers. 

Redmon also confirmed that Frontier picked up the bill for transporting passengers to their final destination on alternative airlines. 

In February, a Frontier flight from Orlando, Florida, to Arizona was forced to divert after a passenger's lithium battery caught fire. It was connected to a smartphone.

Comments

Share your thoughts and debate the big issues

Learn more
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Create a commenting name to join the debate

Please try again, the name must be unique Only letters and numbers accepted
Loading comments...
Loading comments...
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Loading comments...
Loading comments...