Flight engine cover falls off during takeoff, plane bound for Houston forced to turn back to Denver – Times of India

Flight engine cover falls off during takeoff, plane bound for Houston forced to turn back to Denver - Times of India

New Delhi: A Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines and bound for Houston returned to Denver International Airport on Sunday. The engine cover fell off and hit the plane’s wing flap, CNN reported, citing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA said it would investigate the matter. In recorded air traffic control audio, a pilot said that “several passengers and flight attendants heard something loud hitting the wing.”

In a statement to CNN, Southwest said passengers will now take another flight to Houston and will be about three hours behind schedule.
“We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the delay but make the ultimate safety of our customers and employees our top priority,” the statement read. He added that no one was injured, CNN reported.
In a statement, Southwest said its maintenance teams will review the flight, which departed at 7:49 a.m. (local time) and arrived back at 8:15 a.m. (local time). The plane reached an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The plane was deemed airworthy in May 2015, according to FAA records, CNN reported.
This is the latest in a series of mechanical problems for the Boeing aircraft. Range of airlines Even over the past several months, the company has faced years of scrutiny over the safety of its planes.
(with agency information)

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