The terrifying moment passengers watch engine fall apart mid-flight

Passengers have been describing their terror they experienced when part of a plane’s engine was ripped off, thousands of feet in the air. If you have a phobia of flying, then you may want to look away now.

Southwest flight 3472 from New Orleans to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing, as the pilot diverted the plane to Pensacola.

The plane was steadied before passengers were told that one of the engines had been lost.

This incredible image was taken by Jeremy Martin, a lawyer from Ohio while he was on board.

A Southwest spokesperson said the flight has experienced a “mechanical issue with the number one engine.”

The plane’s fuselage, front edge of the wing, horizontal tail stabilizer and winglet had also been damaged.

Nobody on board was injured during the flight.

Stephanie Miller, who was flying for the first time told ABC News: “We heard a loud boom at about 10,000 feet. Sounded like an 18 wheeler tire blowing and we started smelling smoke.”


Click next to see what other passengers had to say about the dramatic flight.

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