Delta Engine Failure at 18,000 Feet Sparks Safety Investigation
The pilots on to Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday had to shut down the plane’s turbines and return to Atlanta after an engine failure at 18,000 feet, Bloomberg reported.
Flight 1418 safely returned to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and no injuries were reported among the 121 passengers and 6 crew on board the Boeing 757-200.
The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into what caused the Pratt & Whitney engine failure, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Orlando Sentinel reported that a company spokesperson said Pratt & Whitney was cooperating with the NTSB.
While planes can fly with one engine, the incident is considered an “uncontained” engine failure, which allows debris to escape and possibly damage the fuselage of a plane. Most engines are designed to contain debris, like fan blades, in the event of a failure.
A similar incident happened on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 in April, which lead to the death of a passenger. Another flight, American Airlines Flight 383 from Chicago back in October 2016, also had an uncontained engine failure that lead to the plane catching on fire.
Even with these recent incidents, it's important to note that aviation has never been safer.
According to Bloomberg, the Orlando-bound flight is the fourth incident of this nature involving Delta Airlines since August 2016. A Delta spokesperson said in a statement that the airline is working with the NTSB on the investigation.