A Delta Flight Was Forced To Go Back to the Airport — Twice
Passengers hoping to make it to London Tuesday night had a frustrating evening.
As Chrissy Teigen pointed out last week, having a plane turn around after its takeoff can be pretty frustrating. Now imagine doing it twice.
That’s the situation Delta passengers found themselves in Tuesday night when not one, but two of their planes opted to turn around following their departures from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Both flights were bound for London but decided to turn back due to safety concerns, local station Channel 2 Action News reported, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Flight 284 first left the airport around 8 p.m. but later turned around after pilots heard a loud noise, Delta spokeswoman Sarah Lora said, according to Channel 2.
The flight landed safely at 9:21 p.m. Passengers were then put on a replacement plane, which departed shortly after midnight. But that plane too emitted a strange, loud noise, Lora told the station, and pilots opted to turn around once again “out of an abundance of safety.”
Mechanics are investigating the planes in order to determine what caused the noises, Lora added.
A passenger, Alex Brown, told the station that he heard the banging noise as well.
“It was like someone dropping a lead ball on the floor,” he said. “And [a Delta official] came back on and said we’re going to turn around. Everything is OK with the airplane but ... we’re going to turn around.”
As compensation for the delay, Delta put Brown and the remainder of the passengers in a hotel, according to the Journal-Constitution. They’re scheduled to fly out of Atlanta Wednesday at 6 p.m.