A Frontier Airlines engine blew out yesterday on a flight from Las Vegas to Tampa.
During the takeoff roll at Las Vegas International Airport (LAS), part of the aircraft’s engine cover “came loose and separated from the aircraft,” according to a statement from the airline.
WHOA! My aunt snapped this pic of a shredded engine on Frontier flight 260 from Vegas to Tampa. The plane was able to turn around and land. She says all passengers got a free breakfast voucher. pic.twitter.com/vc4t4uxMmh
— Dan Ponce (@DanPonceTV) November 30, 2018
Photo above courtesy @DanPonceTV twitter feed.
The cover around the engine doesn’t have a direct role in the engine’s operation, but loose bits of metalwork could come free and damage the plane. The metal could pierce something vital which makes this a very serious situation.
Just in case you feel uncomfortable flying on this particular aircraft in the future, The plane involved was a four-year-old Airbus A320-200 with the registration N227FR. But please do remember flying is statistically very, very safe, and no-one was hurt in this incident. All passengers were gifted a (generous?) free breakfast voucher for their troubles…
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